S. S. Stewart American Princess 1890-1894 4-String Banjo (Pre-Owned) (Glen Quan Collection)

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S. S. Stewart American Princess 1890-1894 4 String Banjo w/Case (Pre-Owned) (Glen Quan Private Collection).

Samuel S. Stewart first made banjos in 1878. His adoption of the "silver wrapped rim" (for which, in a speech and later in a self-publsihed booklet titled The Banjo Philosophically he credited the devlopment to two Troy, NY banjo makers, William Farham and Albert Wilson) set him apart in the early years before such rims became most common. He developed the short-necked banjeaurine with a 12" or 13" head around 1885 but never applied for a patent. Over the years he used several different name stamps to identify his instruments. In 1888 he began using his peg-head shaped trademark. In 1893 he contracted with Sears to produce Acme banjos. The patented heavy metal neck fastener was introduced in 1887. In 1894 or 1895 the adjustable neck fastener replaced the earlier, non-adjustable one, on all banjos listed at $20 and above, although in the 1896 catalog, both are shown.

This gut string banjo has had a headstock break and repair. But not bad shape for a 125 year old instrument. 

This item is part of the Glen Quan Private Collection.

Glen Quan, a legend in the Bay Area music scene and an integral part of its development in the early 60’s-80’s, was a player, collector and innovator for his entire life. Glen passed away in 2018, and we are proud to bring Glen and his estate home to Bananas at Large. 

*** This is a professionally used and artist-owned item and is not being claimed as 100% all original. 

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Listed2 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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