Stewart "Special" 5-string banjo, S/N 69404, Circa 1900

This banjo, not to be confused with Stewart's "Specialty Banjo", is very similar to one of my examples of the highest grade "Acme Professional" banjos that Stewart made for Sears in the late 1890's, the "University Glee" model.  Note the beautiful use of pewter, pearl, and silver wire in the inlay work, as well as a nicely carved heel.

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