S. S. Stewart Presentation

  • Excellent Condition
  • Year: circa 1880s
  • Includes Hard Shell Case
  • Serial #: 6721


This is an early presentation grade S. S. Stewart banjo made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 1880s. It features an 11-1/2 inch spunover rim which is engraved on the nickel silver and outfitted with original gold plated hooks, nuts, shoes and bolts. It has a finger style tailpiece which is probably a little later than the banjo. The fingerboard is ornamented with colorful, engraved shell inlay throughout every fret space; the cherry neck sports a leaf and vine heel carving which extends to the eighth fret and is mirrored on the back of the peghead. While the fifth tuner is a nicely ornate, celluloid peg, the four original tuners in the peg head are carved bone with silver caps and rubies as per the catalog. This is a stunning piece which was in the collection of Banjo Museum Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Akira Tsumura, and is prominently featured on page 180 in his book 1001 Banjo: The Tsumura Collection.

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