American Five-String Fretless Banjo

American Five-String Fretless Banjo

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Description

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

J.H.J.
NY&C

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. This instrument was sold as a “Stage Banjo” (#6972).

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
banjo
date made
1880-1882
place made
United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 35 3/4 in x 11 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 90.805 cm x 29.21 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
MI.055721
catalog number
055721
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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