J. E. Quinlan

  • Very Good Condition
  • Year: circa 1890s
  • No Case


A rare sighting of a banjo attributed to Boston maker J.E. Quinlan, who filed two patents that sought to improve the tone/volume capabilities of the banjo (477451 & 493875). This example features a shallow black painted wooden rim, pointed rim cap, and an interesting tonering configuration; perforated metal tube w/ traditional rolled tonering on top; beautiful original metal parts including slotted tension hoop w/ short cobra hooks, and Bookster's patent tailpiece. The mahogany neck has an ebony fingerboard w/ delicate and unique pearlwork, and pearwood peghead overlay; the neck was long ago solidly repaired at the heel and nut area, and was refinished.


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