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Hammig Five-String Fretless Banjo

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National Museum of American History
This banjo was made by Ernst Hammig in New York, New York around 1871-1885. It is a five-string banjo with a rosewood hoop, thirty brackets, rosewood neck, and friction pegs. Many of Hammig’s banjos have a unique carved line on the back of the neck near the 5th string. Hammig was listed at various addresses on Forsyth Street in 19th century New York City Directories as a banjo and musical instrument maker.
Currently not on view
Hammig, E.
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Made available through the Cooper Union Museum
overall: 34 1/4 in x 12 in x 2 1/2 in; 86.995 cm x 30.48 cm x 6.35 cm
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