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Title banjo and case
Object Name Banjo
Catalog Number 1943.6.3
Other Number 3241
Lexicon Category 6: T&E For Communication
Lexicon Sub-category Musical T&E
Description .a - Five string open back, 2nd grade banjo, serial number 5195 that is American Princess in style. The neck is cherry, the pot, including the flange, brackets, and tension hoop, is nickel, the head is animal skin, and the dowel stick is wood. The fingerboard and peghead are ebony inlaid with mother-of-pearl stars and diamonds, there are 20 frets of inlaid mother-of-pearl, and three of four tuning pegs on the peghead probably are ivoroid. The bridge and tailpiece are missing.

.b - Black instrument case, possibly replacement, marked "Tandy Ellis Lexington, Ky."
Made S.S. Stewart
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA
Used Kentucky
Makers Mark "S. S. STEWART/PHILA. PA/2 GRADE" and "5195" are stamped in the dowel stick
Material Wood/Metal/Mother-of-Pearl
Search Terms Musical instruments
Subjects Musical instruments
Musical instrument cases
People Ellis, James Tandy, 1868-1942
Date 1890s
Year Range From 1890
Year Range To 1894
Caption Front view of SS Stewart banjo
Number of Images 9
Dimensions L-31 inches
Dimension type 1
Dimension Details .a banjo - neck length: 17"; length from the nut to where the strings meet the pot: 27.5 inches; diameter of pot: 10.125"
.b case - 32.5 x 13.25 x 4.25 inches
Length (in) 31
Ownership History Ellis, James Tandy, 1868-1942