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Banjo (banjeaurine)

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Rim of mahogany. Tone ring of nickel silver with thirty-one hooks with ball-end nuts. Neck and headstock of mahogany. Headstock veneered on back with ebonized wood. Tuning pegs of ivory carved in openwork pattern. Fingerboard of ebony with binding of ivory and twenty-two frets of nickel silver....

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Stamped on perch pole: BAY STATE/ JOHN C. HAYNES & CO./ BOSTON


Before 1948, Willoughby H. Stuart, Jr., (1874-1948), Cambridge, Massachusetts [whose initials are inlaid on the neck]; 1948, by descent to his daughter, Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph and Peggy Stuart Coolidge in memory of her father, Willoughby H. Stuart, Jr.

about 1897–98

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Length 75.7 cm, diameter 25.5 cm (Length 29 13/16 in., diameter 10 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, nickel silver, ebony, mother-of-pearl, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones