George Florence Fretless (c.1870's)
Likely built in the 1870s, this extraordinary minstrel era banjo features a wooden rim with lovely side marquetry, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with intricate floral design marquetry and pearl block markers, and elaborate torch design marquetry in headstock overlay. This banjo appears on p.108 of the red cover version of "Banjos: The Tsumura Collection." George Florence, whose name is on the inside plate, was apparently a member of the original Christy's Minstrels when they first toured the West in 1859. This piece of musical history is in very good/excellent condition. More details...
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- ~12 3/8??skin head
- Wooden rim with lovely side marquetry and 20 hooks & nuts
- Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with intricate floral design marquetry and pearl block markers
- Elaborate torch design marquetry in headstock overlay
- (Non-original) wooden friction pegs and celluloid tailpiece
- ~1-5/16" nut
- ~29" scale
- Inside plate reads "GEO. W. FLORENCE, / Manufacturer & Teacher of the Banjo" in period lettering
- No case
- This item cannot be shipped to any EU countries
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