A. F. Eibel (Malden, MA) 5-string banjo Circa 1890's

Every time I acquire another Eibel banjo I get some kind of surprise along with it. In this case, the usual Eibel features on his later banjos such as countersunk bracket bolts, an ebony backstrap, and beautiful saw-cut and engraved pearl inlays are accompanied by twisted head tightening hooks. I have never seen this before on any other vintage banjo.

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