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Frances Chenoweth's Tenor Banjo

  • Frances Chenoweth's Tenor Banjo
  • Frances Chenoweth's Tenor Banjo
  • Frances Chenoweth's Tenor Banjo
  • Frances Chenoweth's Tenor Banjo
  • Frances Chenoweth's Tenor Banjo
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Description
This four-string banjo was made by Gibson, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1927. It is a Mastertone TB-5 tenor banjo and is stamped serial number 8693-2. This banjo was custom made for vaudevillian performer Frances Chenoweth with jeweled accents on the peghead and is inscribed “Frances.”

Frances Hayes toured with her sister Frances as "Ed Hayes and His Banjo Girls" from 1927-1930.
Location
Currently not on view
Used By
Chenoweth, Frances
Coan, Frances Chenoweth
Maker
Gibson, Inc.
Date Made
1927
Credit Line
Gift of the family of Frances Chenoweth Coan
Measurements
overall: 34 1/2 in x 13 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 87.63 cm x 34.925 cm x 8.89 cm
Object Type
banjo