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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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Chenoweth, Frances
Coan, Frances Chenoweth
Gibson, Inc.
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
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
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of the family of Frances Chenoweth Coan
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National Museum of American History
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