Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

This American banjo has a 12 inch hoop and is about 35 inches in length, the hooks are very unusual. It has an old label inside the hoop with 'Heseltine' written on it.

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Comment by Steve Jeter on March 24, 2011 at 9:25am

 I admit I dont know anything about banjos,,, but these are both so beautiful. They are like works of art as well as instruments.   Obvious they were made by someone who cared  and took pride in their work.


Comment by Richard William Ineson on March 24, 2011 at 10:43am

Thanks to everyone for their interest in and kind comments on, my banjos. These are the only two minstrel banjos I have.


I too, wondered about a possible connection with Joseph Cave - the name was written using one of those old 'dip' pens and although the writing is good to look at, it is a little indistinct. I bought the Cave banjo in the South West of England, a place where people go to retire, so perhaps Cave went there when he'd finished minstrelising? The Tambourine is broken unfortunately - the hoop has split, probably due to heat or damp, but it is still a nice souvenir from a genuine minstrel, whoever he/she was.


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