Offered for sale;

1927 Bacon & Day: B&D Silver Bell No. 1 Tenor banjo serial number 18269.

This banjo is in very good condition. There is some wear and oxidation on the plating and brackets, some “belt rash” on the back. Generally the amount of patina showing the instrument has been played and enjoyed yet not abused.

Build features include a maple rim and resonator with 24 brackets, Silver Bell tone ring with 36 standard f-hole shapes cut out of the nickel plated integral flange. The headplate is inlaid with many dozens of pieces of mother of pearl forming wreaths and branches and leaves and flourishes with the words “B&D,” and then “Silver” and then “Bell” in large pearl script. The ivoroid-bound 19 fret ebony fingerboard features 9 varied design inlay patterns. The neck has a backstrap on the back down to the second fret, and there after the neck is five-pieces, 2 maple outer pieces with ebony/maple/ebony center strip for added stiffness and strength. 

The original four “Grover Pat.” sealed gear tuners with grained ivoroid buttons remain as does the original Oettinger individually adjustable tailpiece and the original armrest.

This is a significant piece of prewar banjo evolution; the B&D Silver Bell No.1 is highly regarded for its beauty and simplicity.

This is one to really consider owning.

Original hard case included.


Year: 1927

Serial number: 18269

Body: Maple rim and resonator

Neck: 2 piece maple with ebony/maple/ebony center strip

Fingerboard: Ebony

Scale Length: 23”

Number of Frets: 19

Bridge:  Original Bacon

Nut:  Bone

Tuners:  Grover Pat.

Width at Nut:  1 1/8”

Head: 11”

Weight: 8.2 lbs.

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Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Bacon & Day
Very Good
Original Hard
Imperial Guitar & Soundworks
Bill, Dianne
New Paltz, NY
10:36 PM
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