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Frances Chenoweth's Tenor Banjo

Frances Chenoweth's Tenor Banjo

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Description (Brief)
This four-string banjo was made by Gibson, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1927. It is a Mastertone TB-5 tenor banjo and is stamped serial number 8693-2. This banjo was custom made for vaudevillian performer Frances Chenoweth with jeweled accents on the peghead and is inscribed “Frances.”

Frances Hayes toured with her sister Frances as "Ed Hayes and His Banjo Girls" from 1927-1930.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
banjo
date made
1927
user
Chenoweth, Frances
Coan, Frances Chenoweth
maker
Gibson, Inc.
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
Measurements
overall: 34 1/2 in x 13 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 87.63 cm x 34.925 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
1992.0482.01
accession number
1992.0482
catalog number
1992.0482.01
Credit Line
Gift of the family of Frances Chenoweth Coan
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Banjos
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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