There really should be more of these so everyone can have one. They just don't come along this tidy that often...Nothing quite like it in terms of
sound and what a joy to behold...this is one of the early ones with the neck plate and
the engraved mother of pearl inlays including the stunning gryphon peghead inlay. All the engraved mother of pearl inlays are beautiful and remain
intact with strong detail. Neck remains straight as an arrow. Original tuners with ivoroid buttons (all 5) and original no knot tailpiece..
Pretty uncommon 10" rim x 25" scale and another plus is the original patent applied for "mute" shown. Guessing the tiny screws near the neck brace
and dowel end are related to the mute assembly as they still retain bits of what must have been the original string that ran through the assembly.
Leave it to these old world craftsmen to come up with stuff like this... As is typical after a hundred years the fret ends shown some push into the
original binding...What a delightful piece of history.....in the opinion of many better than those digits in the cash account or paper notes...this ol gal is fresh out of a new england estate and is available
as shown at $1750. and might consider some light trade on it...
If you have any questions...or you have a banjo like this to sell, please e-mail Steve