W. A. Cole 5-string ladies' banjo, Model 1500, S/N 3425, Circa 1896

It is rare for a collector to encounter a banjo in the out-of-the-box condition that this old Cole 5-string banjo is.  This was a model placed just below the "Eclipse" line in the Cole catalog, but it is a beautiful banjo nonetheless, with lovely saw-cut pearl inlays and a nice boat heel.  With a 10" head and a 24" scale length, it was undoubtedly a ladies' banjo.

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