American Five-String Fretless Banjo


This banjo was made by an unknown maker in North Carolina around 1875-1925. It is a Five-String Fretless Banjo, with a wooden neck and rim. Fragments of an untanned skin (possibly groundhog) head are still nailed to the rim. Although in derelict condition when acquired by the Smithsonian, the deep grooves worn into the fretless neck attest to the many hours of music this instrument gave to its owner.

Date Made: 1875-1899

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: North Carolina

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.65.0717Catalog Number: 65.0717Accession Number: 258254

Object Name: banjo

Physical Description: wood (overall material)animal skin (overall material)Measurements: overall: 32 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 82.55 cm x 26.035 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_605680

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