"Celebrated Benary" 5-string banjo, Circa 1890

"Celebrated Benary" banjos were sold by Robert H. Benary & Son of New York, a major musical importer and wholesaler who sold a full range of musical instruments.  The banjo shown here was undoubtedly made by Buckbee, also of New York and has a 10" rim and a 25" scale length, so it was probably a ladies' banjo.  Note the embossed pattern on the rim. 

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