Smithsonian Institution Collections
Teed Six-String Banjo
- Smithsonian Museum
- National Museum of American History
- This banjo was made by George Teed of New York, New York around 1862. It has 8 brackets with a brass hoop and resonator made from rosewood veneer with inlaid design. The brass hoop is etched: “George Teed [/] [ ] 8th 1862” which likely refers to the patent Teed received for his improvement in banjos, U. S. Patent #34,913, April 8th, 1862. Teed is listed in the New York City directory from 1860-1861 as a turner with a home address of 497 E. Houston. Like many craftsmen in the woodworking trades, Teed may have made banjos as a secondary business.
- This early commercial banjo has top-tensioning screws to adjust the tightness of the head and a closed back resonator body designed to project the sound outwards towards the audience. Like similar mid-century banjos patented by Henry Dobson, it may have been actually made by the Buckbee company of New York.
- Currently not on view
- Teed, George
- Date Made
- Credit Line
- GIft of Roger D. Abrahams
- overall: 35 1/4 in x 11 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 89.535 cm x 29.845 cm x 6.35 cm
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