H.C. Dobson 6-string banjo Circa 1882

Henry Dobson was without a doubt the most innovative of the Dobson brothers when it came to banjo design.  This early banjo carries both the 1878 and 1881 patent stamps, and has 5 strings tied to the peghead and a sixth in the usual fifth string position five frets up the neck.  This configuration was not all that uncommon on Dobson banjos (Tsumura's book shows two 6-string Dobson banjos and a 7-string).  The metal cover at the rim end of the fingerboard is cast with the remaining frets, something I had not seen previously on a Dobson banjo.  Note the interesting early rim hardware on the inside of the rim.

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