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It also has a characteristic very pretty cut at the 5th string peg.
The pot has Cubley's patented hardware, spherical brackets with slotted nuts that rotate within them, and the the usual Cubley tailpiece.
This particular example has a metal cladding on the bottom of the pot that extends half way up the inside.
Cubley seemed to have a passion for covering wooden surfaces with metal.
The dimensions are 10 1/8" skin diameter X 23" scale length.
There is no makers mark.
The peghead shape, 5th peg cut and marquetry inlays are basically the same as the first banjo.
This pot does not have the inner metal shell but is otherwise similar to the above. It is missing it's original tailpiece.
This dowel stick is stamped "STERLING", a trade name of the Tonk Brothers of Chicago indicating that this instrument was probably built by Cubley for sale by them.
The dimensions are 10 1/4" skin
The pegs are Cubley patented pegs and are adjustable with the same tool that was used to tighten the drum.
The peghead and marquetry inlays are substantially larger on this banjo, and the 5th peg is a different but typical Cubley design.
It appears to have its original metal frets.
The dimensions are 11" skin
The tension hoop on these banjo is constructed by wrapping
a thin ribbon of wood(?) with a thin sheath of metal
and then bending that into a hoop and fastening it. There is a thin decorative strip of metal on the outside of
the two upper pots.
Here are some pictures of other Cubley banjos that have appeared on the web:
The peghead, however is very different.
It was probably made by Cubley for another seller, similar to the Sterling above.
Note the star motif on this banjo and the one before it.
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