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2005/61/1 Banjo mandolin with case, timber / metal / leather / cardboard, banjo mandolin made by Pacific, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1945-1965. Click to enlarge.

Pacific banjo mandolin and case

Made by Pacific in Australia, Oceania, 1945-1965.

The Pacific company were one of the early large scale firms producing plucked string instruments in Australia. Established in Melbourne during the late 1940s by Hec McLennan, Pacific produced cheap guitars and banjo mandolins and were contemporaries of the Maton guitar company and of Olson, Iverson and Richards who were producing the Kord-King pedal steel guitar at about the same time. Early versions of banjo mandolins were branded as HEC McLennan instruments before the Pacific name was adopted....

Summary

Object No.

2005/61/1

Object Statement

Banjo mandolin with case, timber / metal / leather / cardboard, banjo mandolin made by Pacific, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1945-1965

Physical Description

Banjo mandolin with case, timber / metal / leather / cardboard, banjo mandolin made by Pacific, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1945-1965

Banjo mandolin featuring wooden circular outer body with wooden back housing skin diaphragm and metal frame with eight tension rods for skin. Back and side of body finished in brown/black varnish. Edges of side and top finished in white. Moveable wooden bridge in centre of skin. Wooden neck with 17 frets. Rectangular headstock painted black with eight tuning machines. Metal plate for attaching strings fixed to end of body.

Hard case in dark blue finish with white stitching. Woven fabric cardboard pattern on inside of case. The case has an interior compartment and two clasps.

Production

Made

Pacific Australia, Oceania 1945-1965

Notes

Pacific guitars were begun by Hec McLennan in the 1940s. The name was later changed to Pacific. The company had possibly ceased production by the 1960s. Production numbers unknown. Not known if company records still exist. The case was made in Australia by Persinware.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Roger Buckmaster, 2005

Acquisition Date

15 February 2005

Cite this Object

Harvard

Pacific banjo mandolin and case 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 12 December 2019, <https://ma.as/349024>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/349024 |title=Pacific banjo mandolin and case |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=12 December 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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