W. A. Cole’s “Eclipse” 5-string banjo model 2500, Circa 1896, S/N 3197

After the Fairbanks & Cole partnership dissolved, Cole manufactured banjos under his own name, the best of which were equipped with the "Eclipse" tone ring system.  The model 2500 was the least fancy in the Eclipse line, but all featured lovely boat heels and exquisite engraved pearl inlays.

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