American Five-String Fretless Banjo

American Five-String Fretless Banjo

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This banjo was made by an unknown maker in Tennessee around 1925-1960. It is a Five-String Bnajo, made from two wood round discs separated by a smaller wood disc. Ten carriage bolts connect the two large discs together. The neck and peghead are carved from a single piece of wood and attached to the body with a carriage bolt. Animal skin is stretched over a wood ring and inserted into the hole in the top disc to serve as a banjo head. The tailpiece is made from a piece of metal and is secured by a bolt.
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Object Name
date made
Maxwell Fund, Mary E.
place made
United States: Tennessee
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 36 1/2 in x 12 3/4 in x 2 in; 92.71 cm x 32.385 cm x 5.08 cm
overall: 36 1/4 in x 12 5/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 92.075 cm x 32.0675 cm x 6.6675 cm
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National Museum of American History
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