Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

This nice looking flush-fret banjo is for sale on eBay. The tailpiece says Pat. 1884. Can anyone offer an opinion as to what it is?

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Comment by Trapdoor2 on September 17, 2013 at 4:30pm

There is a very similar banjo for sale at Music Emporium which is attributed to Cubley (Chicago) 1880's. It doesn't have the more common Cubley peghead/hooks/nuts, etc. but may very well be an early format for Cubley.

Comment by Ian Bell on September 17, 2013 at 8:56pm
Thanks for that! I looked up other images of Cubley and saw lots of similarities. They seem to have had plenty of variables.

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