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2005/56/1-1 Banjulele, combination banjo and ukulele, timber / metal / aluminium / calfskin / nylon, made by Alvin D Keech, United States of America, 1918 - 1945. Click to enlarge.

Banjulele by Alvin D Keech

    Combination banjo and ukulele known as a "Banjulele". Circular body with vellum skin stretched over metal frame and housed within circular wooden body. Seven tension rods (one missing) attached to aluminium frame. A wooden resonator forms the back of the body. There are four nylon strings, a wooden neck with 17 frets, four tuning pegs in headstock and a wooden bridge.

    Summary

    Object No.

    2005/56/1-1

    Object Statement

    Banjulele, combination banjo and ukulele, timber / metal / aluminium / calfskin / nylon, made by Alvin D Keech, United States of America, 1918 - 1945

    Physical Description

    Combination banjo and ukulele known as a "Banjulele". Circular body with vellum skin stretched over metal frame and housed within circular wooden body. Seven tension rods (one missing) attached to aluminium frame. A wooden resonator forms the back of the body. There are four nylon strings, a wooden neck with 17 frets, four tuning pegs in headstock and a wooden bridge.

    Marks

    Metal shield on headstock reads 'Keech'. Stamped below is 'BANJULELE BANJO' and a patent number 'PAT. 219720/23'.

    Inscribed on back of body is a replica signature 'Alvin D Keech'. Also has 'D. PARKER' scratched into back and very faintly a signature for 'James Jeffery'.

    Stamped on the heel of neck 'A14571'

    Dimensions

    Width

    200 mm

    Depth

    70 mm

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    Banjulele by Alvin D Keech 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 July 2021, <https://ma.as/357678>

    Wikipedia

    {{cite web |url=https://ma.as/357678 |title=Banjulele by Alvin D Keech |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=28 July 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
    This object is currently on display in Technology & Innovation at the Museums Discovery Centre.