Fairbanks & Cole
S/N 1402 ca. 1881
This Clipper suffered catastrophic damage in a fire.
pot and the stub of the neck are all that
remain. The pot was cleaned up to the extent that the majority of the chared surface was removed
and the metal and hardware cleaned as shown.
The pot is missing its tone ring. Judging from the
of the shelf on the outer top of the wooden
pot it appears that the tone ring was a simple ring, 11 1/2" diameter, formed from a 3/16" diameter rod.
The pot was cleaned and assembled with a piece of
Wrap in place of the skin head just to
keep it all together and to apply some minor tension to the cobra hooks.
The majority of the burned neck was removed leaving
this stub. It is interesting to note that the
bore for the dowel stick comes perilously close to the surface of the heel. If it had been drilled a bit
deeper it would have broken through.
The remaining inlay at the bottom of the neck is an
and unusual early design.
The neck had flush ivory frets.
The pot was badly burned, particularly on the right
The rosewood inner and outer
laminations on that side have turned largely to charcoal.
The pot appears to consist of 4 center laminations
maple, and inner and outer laminations of
rosewood that are twice the thickness of the maple laminations.
The tension hoop is the same complex shape as that
the other Clippers. There is a sharp
groove for the cobra hooks situated below a nicely beaded upper edge.
There is a recess in the bottom of the tension hoop
which the flesh hoop fits.
The flesh hoop has the usual cotton string wrapping of the cut ends.
Patent Markings & Serial Number Stamps
This banjo has the usual serial numbers stamped into
inside of the pot,
the upper side of the dowel stick and the inside of the tension hoop.
It has Patent Applied For markings stamped into a
number of the washers
and into the tension hoop.
The Fairbanks & Cole, Makers marking is stamped
the top and bottom of the dowel stick
but there is NO Clipper stamp. This is unusual for Fairbanks who seemed to be compulsive
about stamping everything relevant on any appropriate banjos surfaces.
The neck brace is Most unusual. It is apparently an
version of the "shoe
style" neck brace that was later patented by Fairbanks.
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