S.S. Stewart 5-string banjo-banjeaurine, S/N 18403, Circa 1896

Stewart manufactured many specialty banjos for the banjo orchestras that were formed around the globe in the 1890's.  The banjo-banjeaurine was intended to be played between a regular banjo and the shorter neck banjeaurine that Stewart invented.  Thus if the banjearuine was intended to be the violin of the banjo orchestra, the banjo-banjearuine was a kind of viola.

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