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
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- ~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.)
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-Official "AS-IS" Item. Learn more........