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Five-String Fretless Piccolo Banjo

  • Five-String Fretless Piccolo Banjo
  • Five-String Fretless Piccolo Banjo
  • Five-String Fretless Piccolo Banjo
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Description
This banjo was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1880-1882. It is a five-string piccolo banjo with a rosewood veneered hoop, sixteen brackets, rosewood veneered fingerboard, and friction pegs. J. Howard Foote sold musical instruments and general music merchandise, such this banjo, at shops in New York and Chicago from 1835 to the early 1900s.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1880-1882
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
Measurements
overall: 28 in x 8 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 71.12 cm x 21.59 cm x 6.35 cm
Object Type
banjo