This banjo was made by the Bacon Banjo Company, Inc. of Groton, Connecticut, about 1932. It is a Four-String Tenor Banjo, “B&D Senorita” model, serial #31245 with 24 brackets and a pearloid covered resonator, fretboard, and peghead. “Senorita” models were the lower priced, medium grade, banjos made by the company. There is an inscribed metal plate on the back of the resonator and stamped on the dowel stick:
BACON BANJO CO. INC.
Fred J. Bacon started the company in 1920. Two years later, David L. Day left the Vega Company to join the Bacon Banjo Company. By 1940, the Bacon Banjo Company had been purchased by the Gretsch Company who continued to make Bacon and B&D banjos until the late 1960s.
- Currently not on view
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
- Bacon Banjo Co., Inc.
- date made
- Credit Line
- Gift of Ivan T. Lorenzen
- Physical Description
- wood (overall material)
- metal (overall material)
- animal skin (overall material)
- plastic (overall material)
- overall: 33 1/2 in x 13 in x 3 1/2 in; 85.09 cm x 33.02 cm x 8.89 cm
- Object Name
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