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NMM 10156.  Tenor banjo by Ludwig & Ludwig, Chicago, ca. 1927-1929.
Board of Trustees, 2002.

Tenor banjo by Ludwig and Ludwig, Chicago, ca. 1927-1929
Back of tenor banjo by Ludwig and Ludwig, Chicago, ca. 1927-1929

Top-of-the-line instrument with Ludwig's patented Planet tuners with a four-to-one gear ratio and top tension hooks that players can adjust without removing the resonator. The ultimate in fancy decoration, with highly engraved, gold-plated hardware, American Indian motifs of inlaid pearl and wood marquetry, ivoroid-bound neck with checkerboard trim and center strips down the back, and carved peace pipes at the heel of the neck. Sold new for $450.

Advertisement from Fine Banjos by Ludwig (Chicago: Ludwig & Ludwig, 1927)

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In a photo taken in Banff, Alberta, July 27, 1927, Big Chief Calf Child of the Stony Indians admires an identical Big Chief banjo.

Decoration on Peghead, Fretboard, and Sides

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Front of peghead
Front of peghead

Lower end of fretboard
Sideview of fretboard
Upper end of fretboard

Decorative edge and gold-plated hardware
American Indian design motifs

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