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Banjo

1850-1880
Origin: America, Southeast, Virginia or Tennessee
OL: 29 3/4"
Walnut with probably maple rim, inlaid pewter initials and decoration, brass and iron/steel hardware, and hide head
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2005.708.3
Banjo, fretless 5-string. The neck has both ivory and lead inlay on the neck, inlayed in lead are three initials E.F.C. The heel of the neck is carved, as is the peg head. The rim has open works and a 10" hide head.
Provenance:CW purchased from Roderick Moore of Ferrum, VA, in 2005.
Moore notes that the banjo was found in the Chattanooga area of Tennessee, where Chapman is a very common name in teh 19th and 20th centuries.
Mark(s):inlayed in lead are three initials E.F.C.
Inscription(s):Signed on the top of the head "By E.F. CHAPMAN/ 1868 NOW/ DENVER/ COLORADO
On the underside: made by Eugene Chapman