S.S. Stewart "American Princess" custom 5-string banjo, S/N 8819, Circa 1891
This early Stewart was custom-made for someone with the initials M.L.B. as indicated by the engraved pearl letters on the peghead. At first glance it appears to be a fairly generic Stewart with "American Princess" dimensions (10" rim and 17" neck), but closer inspection reveals very extensive heel carving extending beyond the 6th fret and beautiful double-dolphin carving on the back of the peghead. This banjo was part of the Tsumura collection, but was acquired by him after the publication of his "1000 Banjos" book.
Back to Home Page