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Antique Cigar Box Banjo

Check out this neat piece of Early Americana!
   It's a hand made banjo from a cigar box. I got these photos in an email yesterday from a friend, not much is known about it other than it was found in the Columbus Ohio area.

Judging from the construction it's defiantly a banjo, you can tell by the stick running thru the body and the shape of the headstock that the builder had tried to give it a banjo style and shape. It does look like a Daniel Carter Beard style banjo (who published a Cigar Box Banjo how to in the mid 1880's) and from the 1890's but I am unsure.

I can say that the way the wood on the neck has split due to it drying out over the years takes at least 80 to 100 years so it does appear to have the right age. Even without the proper history to tie to this homemade instrument, one things for sure, it sure is beautiful.
Check it out, this is the real long lost Folk Americana!