c.1895 S.S. Stewart Universal Favorite Banjo

$895.00

Vintage S.S. Stewart open-back banjo – the model is the…”Universal Favorite”.

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Description

Exc.(-) Condition. SN# 15581.

Excellent lightweight open-back banjo with metal-clad rim(Coco Bolo), and 20 hooks & nuts. Peghead has ebony overlay, with “star” inlayed in center. Flat ebony fingerboard has diamond inlays, and original small frets. Tuners are old Ivoroid celluloid violin-style tuners, all matching – probably original to the banjo. All hardware matches. Newer no-knot tailpiece. Ebony heelcap. Dowel stick has several important marks. Serial number is located on dowel stick and inside of rim. Dowel stick branded with “S.S.Stewart” and Phil’a.PA., and a stamp of a S.S.Stewart peghead with trademark S.S.S. inside peghead mark. The name “Universal Favorite” is engraved into ivoroid piece attached to inside of rim. This banjo currently has NylGut banjo strings installed.
Comes with newer “bump” case.