S. S. Stewart “Specialty” 5-string banjo No. 2, S/N 17941, Circa 1895

Stewart's "Specialty Banjo", identified with a plaque that simply said "Special", was built around a 10.5" rim and was intended to be tuned one step up from the standard banjos of the time.  This is a near-mint example of one with No. 2 ornamentation, including a lightly carved heel and tasteful pearl inlays on the peghead and fingerboard.

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