W. A. Cole "Eclipse" 5-string banjo, S/N 5333, model 3500, Circa 1900

This fine banjo was called the "Professional Special" model in the Cole's Eclipse line.  Construction-wise, it represented the best that Cole could build at the time, but it lacked the fancy ornamentation of higher models.  Note the multiple laminations under the fretboard and the fancy engraved peghead inlay.  When these photos were taken the Cole neck collar used to tighten the neck against the rim was missing.  I have since found a replacement.

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