Extremely Rare & Historic Vintage Geib Challenge Series 1937 Banjo Case Gibson Purple

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This is an extremely significant collector item. It was the first year issue of the laminated chipboard cases by the newly incorporated Geib, Inc., formerly know as Geib and Schaefer. This historic case manufacturer located in Chicago had reorganized and dropped the Schaefer name and was now stamping cases with the new Geib, Inc. logo. This year was the only year that Geib, Inc. manufactured cases with the unusual slip cam toggle clasp closure and their first year of the new multi layer laminated chip board with faux leather covers. The inside dimensions are 35.5" long x 11.5" wide x 4" deep.
This case has the Gibson purple felt lining, genuine Naugahyde faux leather covering and bindings, and the unique slip style toggle clasp closures.  Starting in 1937 Geib, Inc. made 1000s of these cases for the Gibson "Kalamazoo" brand of instruments until 1942 when it switched its production lines to support the war effort.  See 1937 ads pictured.
So why are these one-time inexpensive cases so rare and desirable today? Firstly, they were made from 'chipboard' which is not very sturdy and as a result very few of these banjo cases have been able to survived down to this day in any condition, let alone the excellent condition of this case: and secondly, because many were "recycled" to reuse the chipboard for war supplies.
The condition is amazing considering its age. It is clean with no unusual, unpleasant odors. There a very few small dings in the covering which is otherwise in very good condition. The hardware shows tarnish and a little rust but because of the historic value of the item we have not cleaned or reconditioned these it in any manner and all hardware is working and unbroken
For a collector this is a great find.  We have not located any other examples of this exact same and now historic 1937 Geib, Inc. banjo case for sale anywhere.   A previous sale we could confirm for this exact same 1937 case was several years ago and the case sold for just over $900 USD on an internet auction site.  We realize that the market for this item is unique and rather small so we are listing it straight out for a very reasonable ask.
We are not musical instrument experts. We deal in collectibles, antiques, rare estate finds, vintage musical instruments and other unusual or odd items. All items are sold guaranteed as advertised and as pictured as is, no returns.
Flat shipping rate applies to lower 48 states USA only. Shipped well boxed in a heavy duty shipping carton and fully insured.  NO INTERNATIONAL, PO BOX or APO at the Flat rate

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This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

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Listed3 months 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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