View Full Version : Unknown Banjolele

10-26-2013, 05:40 AM
i found this in the attic yesterday and believe that it belonged to my grandfather. i have no idea what make it is or how old it is or anything about it. so if anyone has any knowledge of this instrument and could tell me a bit about it that would be great.


i can only get a few photos onto this thread so please feel free to look on my albums on my profile to get more pictures of the banjolele


Jake Wildwood
10-26-2013, 08:02 AM
Likely Harmony-made, c.1925.

10-27-2013, 12:56 AM
Those little pieces of Masonite under the tuner knobs looks like something a "grandpa" might "jury rig" to get them to function. I like the fretboard inlay. A little elbow grease and some new tuning pegs could get this baby looking sweet again. Many very similar ones for sale on ebay, Elderly, Antebellum Instruments, etc. Good luck.

10-27-2013, 02:19 AM
I have one with the same F sound holes. It is a Stewart. Not worth much. Just enjoy it.

10-27-2013, 01:50 PM
Was Stewart the only company the made the distinctive double f holes on the back? Was there also Ferry made them, or is that a model name.
I have two of them, but neither of my had the added value of being a family instrument. If you have pleasant memories of the previous owner, that alone can make it nearly priceless.