S.S. Stewart brand TB-11, the "Venetian Trio" example

S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" front    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" back    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" peghead    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" lower frets    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" middle frets    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" upper frets    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" peghead back

S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" pot    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" pot    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" pot    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" neck heel and pot    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" Grover tuner    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" resonator back    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" resonator inside    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" inside pot

S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" resonator bracket    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" Doehler Die Casting mark    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" case closed    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" case art    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" case candy    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" in case    S.S. Stewart TB-11 "Venetian Trio" case open

Samuel Swaim Stewart was born in Philadelphia in 1855 and opened his banjo factory there in 1879, making some of the most highly-regarded banjos of the late nineteenth century.  In 1914, the S.S. Stewart brand name was acquired by the New York City-based musical instrument distributor Buegeleisen and Jacobson, who had instruments made by a variety of manufacturers; in 1930 only, Gibson made an S.S. Stewart-labeled banjo for Buegeleisen and Jacobson which was essentially the same banjo as the Gibson-brand TB-11.

Except for its lack of a Gibson decal, the pot of this banjo is identical to that of a Gibson style 11.  The peghead shape and stencil pattern are unique to this model, while the remainder of the silkscreen fingerboard and resonator ornamentation are the same as seen on style 11 banjos.  Like most Gibson-brand style 11 banjos of the period, this example bears no serial number or factory order number.  Even though only Gibson-brand banjos were equipped with an adjustable truss rod, the outline of a truss-rod cavity is faintly visible under the peghead veneer; for more on this production idiosyncrasy, see the Kel Kroydon truss rod exposť.

This banjo remains in excellent, unaltered condition in its original case, decorated with the band name "Venetian Trio".

This banjo is now for sale.  Please contact me for more information.
 


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