Fairbanks & Cole
S/N 5735 ca. 1885
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These simple but unusual inlays give just a hint of
glory that is
This early banjo is possibly unique in its lack of
securing the outside brackets,
a feature that was included in the catalog description of the higher grade Clippers.
This is the earliest example that I have seen of A.C. Fairbanks' concept of a
separate band with the brackets attached directly to it.
The Clippers have a fairly long sharp "boat" heel,
associated with the
banjos made by Cole.
Other decorative features
The higher grade Fairbanks banjos typically had
tuning pegs and
tailpieces. The higher the grade, the more extravagant these accessories.
These pegs, tailpiece and bridge are not original to this instrument,
but the fittings shown on Clipper #3279 are the original ones.
The long very thin backstrap is just barely discernable in the picture below.
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