There is no maker's mark or serial number anywhere on this instrument. However, from what little information I can gather about it, it might have been made by Gretsch given the peg head shape. This is speculative though and I can't say with certainty. The rim is 11" in diameter, made of maple and capped on the back in what looks like walnut, so I don't believe it ever had a back on it. The rim is straight (not warped), there are 20 hooks around the rim. The neck is also maple and has an ebony fret board that is inlaid with what appears to be mother of pearl flowers on an aluminum or other metal vine. The scale of the neck is 25 3/4". The neck is firmly attached to the dowel stick and also to the rim. It has been suggested to me by a few people I've had examine the instrument that the neck and rim are from different instruments and were wed to one another, others who examined it believed the banjo to be entirely original. I can't say which is true with certainty. The head is natural hide and in good condition, appears old but I can't be sure. There is a tone ring under the head that is visible in the photos that show the inside of the rim. The tuners are early Grover Champion type, probably original to the neck. All of the hardware on the banjo looks period to the instrument, the only newer part appears to be the bridge. The neck is straight under tension. The action is good in the first position and gets higher up the neck, measuring 8/64" at the 12th fret. The banjo may need a neck reset, but as I am not really a banjo guy I'm not fully qualified to make the call. The bridge is low and the action is high as you go up the neck, on a guitar I'd say it needs a reset. I've had the instrument out to a few bluegrass events and some claw hammer style players have played it and had little trouble with it in the first position up to about the 5th fret. Sounds great. Comes with a period hard shell case. Your questions/inquiries on this one are welcome, as are your offers. $1100
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