1897 S.S. Stewart Presentation Solo Banjeaurine
This is a gorgeous example of the work that came from the 221 & 223 Church Street factory just before the turn of the 19th century to the 20th. The peghead is adorned with vase with flowers and 3 butterflies. Of the 20 frets, there are only 6 that do not have glittery trademark Stewart inlay. And what is a Stewart without a carved heel? Certainly not this one, as the carving is a crisp as it left the factory 120 years ago. And to add just a little more, the inside of the rim is layered with multi colored marquetry. The specs; 19-3/4" scale, 11" rim with a Remo Renaissance head, cherry neck, original friction tuners with Nylgut strings. One bit of weirdness; All the metal are chrome plated. As commercial chrome plating was not available until about 1925, we are sure this was originally nickel plated. This is a great sounding and visually striking Stewart banjo. Cost is $2,000 and a vintage hard case is included.