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Zither-banjo, or 5-string banjo, made of wood, the fingerboard and sound box rim of dark wood, the rest in a reddish wood with pale wood inlay: a single line between top and base of fingerboard and a sunray pattern on base of sound box. Sound box has metal inset with vellum cover, tightened with screws. Three metal strings present, wood bridge, metal tailpiece and frets. The fifth string would have gone over a small bridge at the 5th fret, then through a long hole to the top of the neck where it is tuned like the other strings from a normal tuning machine, the sixth tuner left empty. The fingerboard and peghead inlaid with mother-of-pearl decoration incorporating stars and crescents. Maker's mark on celluloid (?) disc inlaid at back of peghead. Metal plate screwed to join of neck and bowl at back.
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Length: 94.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For the zither-banjo, see www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com
See also: http://www.zither-banjo.org/pages/home.htm
Barnett Samuel & Sons was one of the largest musical instrument wholesalers in the UK in the late 19th and early 20th century. They were selling banjos by the 1870s, and started making their own in the early 1900s.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1972,As3/Eu1.14 (original Register no., in error)