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Weaver Banjo serial number?
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My Weaver has the number 1671 stamped on the back of the head.  I've seen pictures of several Weavers but none with a number.  I know it was refurbished in the 1960s at Clifford Essex but Clem tells…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson on Monday.

Rare fretless 6 string on eBay
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When I say 6 string, it has friction pegs for 5 main strings with a 6th octave peg part way down the neck as per normal 5 string banjo. Someone with better skills than I needs to restore this to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Oct 26.

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Richard William Ineson replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
Monday
John Cohen replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"Correct except that it’s likely 110-120 years old.  "
Sunday
Jem Bowkett replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"so, to summarise, the number on my banjo is the job no from the CE overhaul in the 60s, and the instrument is likely to date from the first 20yrs of the 20th century, so it's about 100 yrs old."
Sunday
John Cohen replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"Weaver was still using those nuts in the Aughts, if not into the Teens.  "
Dec 8
John Field replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"Marc....I was referring to my CE Special XX as being 30-50 years old at the time I bought it in 1961. I would agree with you that the Weaver that is the subject of this thread is likely to be older than the Special XX."
Dec 5
marc dalmasso replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"it  looks to be from the first series with these nuts . my guess is  not 30-50  but 60 at least"
Dec 5
John Field replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"I need to correct my recent post on this thread.  The number stamped on my CE Special XX is 1463 not 1763.   The "4" stamp is somewhat indistinct and I had misread it as a "7".  Interestingly, I still retain…"
Nov 30
Jem Bowkett replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"John Field bought his instrument in 1961 from Earlham St marked 1763.  Mine came from there later (circa 1965 - I have the receipt somewhere) with a lower number 1671 but it had just been refurbished.  I wonder if CE have an archive of…"
Nov 30
marc dalmasso replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"i think these numbers are not repairs / restoration ' numbers but refurbish ' numbers and are not from the 50ths   but from the 20ths or 30ths . because these years were more " banjoïstics "  ; and , when…"
Nov 30
John Field replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"John.....You may well be correct, but I'd be interested in the evidence you have to show that the CE Co. numbered repairs and restorations in the 1950's.  I bought my CE Special XX in the CE Earlham St. shop in Sept. 1961.  It…"
Nov 30
marc dalmasso replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"looking from the nuts , your banjo look to be  pre 1900"
Nov 29
thereallyniceman replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"Hi Jem, Have you checked out this website as it may give a few clues regarding the age of your Weaver?   CLICK:        Weaver Banjos The heel shape, Weaver logos, nuts in side the hoop and tension hooks and nuts may…"
Nov 29
Jem Bowkett replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"Yes I am sure you are right. I only started on this since I was curious to date the instrument, obviously this number won't help.  Thanks"
Nov 29
John Cohen replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"Clem is incorrect- Clifford Essex did number repairs and restorations on the back of the peghead in the 1950s, and that’s what the number on yours is."
Nov 28
Jem Bowkett replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"Photos, be interested in your opinion, Jem"
Nov 23
marc dalmasso replied to Jem Bowkett's discussion Weaver Banjo serial number?
"Jem , you cannot be in confidence with him ; i used to buy an Abbott banjo 2 years ago that he sold on eBay ; he advertised " a good straight neck " , and the neck was bowed in the unusual way ;  and he is a banjo ' player ; shame"
Nov 22

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