A. C. Fairbanks "Fairbanks & Cole" 5-string banjo, S/N 0, Circa 1891

This banjo, like my other Fairbanks "F&C", was made shortly after Fairbanks and Cole split up in 1890.  This banjo is an unusual model with Stewart-like geometric pearl inlays on the headstock and fingerboard and a German silver rim spun on both the inside and the outside.  The only number stamped on the dowel stick is the number "0".  Perhaps this is a special order banjo?

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