American Five-String Fretless Banjo

American Five-String Fretless Banjo

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Description (Brief)

This banjo was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1880-1882. It is a Five-String Banjo with a nickel-covered hoop, twenty-four brackets, black walnut fingerboard, and friction pegs. There is a medallion on the lower part of the fingerboard:

J.H.F.
NY&C

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. This instrument listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog, sold as a “Stage Banjo” (#6969), for $10.00.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
banjo
date made
1880-1882
place made
United States
Physical Description
nickel (overall material)
walnut (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 35 in x 11 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 88.9 cm x 28.575 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
MI.055719
catalog number
055719
accession number
11535
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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