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Banjo (Whyte Laydie model, style no. 7)

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Rim of maple with banding of plastic in tortoiseshell pattern and stringing of wood at lower edge in herringbone pattern. "Whyte Laydie" style tone ring system of nickel silver with thirty-one "cobra" hooks and hexagonal ball-end nuts. Period adjustable wire arm rest of nickel silver. Neck of...

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Engraved into nickel silver plate on perch pole: The A. C. FAIRBANKS Co. / MAKERS / BOSTON, MASS.; stamped on perch-pole: 23490 WHYTE LAYDIE NO 7


About 1991, sold by Jim Bollman, Arlington, Massachusetts, to a street performer, New York; 1997, sold by same street performer to Jim Bollman; 1997, sold by Jim Bollman, the Music Emporium, Inc., Lexington, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 21, 1997)

Credit Line

Foster Charitable Fund

about 1904

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Length 95 cm, diameter 30.3 cm (Length 37 3/8 in., diameter 11 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, nickel silver, celluloid, ebony, mother-of-pearl


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones