Boucher Minstrel Banjo (c.1850's)

Used AS-IS

Boucher Minstrel Banjo (c.1850's)

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Boucher Minstrel Banjo (c.1850's)


An extraordinary and rare example from historic Baltimore maker William Boucher Jr., this minstrel banjo likely dates back to the 1850s. It features a fretless mahogany neck with a double ogee and an unusually shaped peghead. The ~12-1/2" wooden rim (~1/4" thick) has a skin head with a number of hard-to-read pencilled signatures on the inside, including one clearly dated "1867". This historic instrument has some imperfections (Sold AS-IS, see Details section below), but overall it is in very good+ condition. More details...

Availability: In stock,

sku: 60U-3249

$11,750.00



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Details

  • ~12-1/2" wooden rim (~1/4" thick) with skin head (with a number of hard-to-read pencilled signatures on the inside, including one clearly dated "1867")
  • 6 brackets (1 hook & nut set missing)
  • Fretless mahogany neck (with heel repair)
  • Double ogee
  • (Non-original) wooden friction pegs
  • ~1-7/16" nut width
  • "XXXV" carved or stamped on dowel stick
  • With modern gigbag
  • Unusual (for a Boucher) shaped peghead
  • The scale length, using the end of the double ogee as the octave, is ~27" (in which case the tailpiece hanger should be shortened some)
  • VGC+ but sold AS-IS (neck slightly loose, head ripped on edge, rim has some warp, etc.)

Additional Information

Elderly warranty No
Manufacturer's warranty No
New or Used Used
AS-IS Instrument -Official "AS-IS" Item. Learn more........

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