S.S. Stewart 5-string "Solo Banjeaurine", S/N 18837, Circa 1896

Stewart's "Solo Banjeaurine" had a smaller head than his original "Imperial Banjeaurine", a change he introduced because the larger heads proved difficult to keep in tune in humid weather.  This example is fancier than any of Stewart's regularly cataloged models, and has ornamentation that would place it between the highest grade No. 4 models and his elaborate "presentation" banjos.  Note the extensive engraved pearl work on both the peghead and the fingerboard, the elaborate wood marquetry inside the rim, the engraved rim, and the beautiful carving on both the heel and the back of the peghead.

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