Antique 1920's Oscar Schmidt Sovereign Tenor Banjo Birdseye Maple Resonator Yqz

Antique 1920's Oscar Schmidt Sovereign Tenor Banjo Birdseye Maple Resonator Yqz

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Pearloid Fret & Head Shabby Chic Condition

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Up in this sale is an original Oscar Schmidt Sovereign Tenor Banjo. We were told this is circa 1920's to 1930's. It has a birds eye maple resonator, a pearloid fret board and pearloid head. It is in shabby chic condition with overall oxidation to the metal, some scratches, a crack on the heel, the printing on the pearloid looks to have been double striked and only three strings at this time. BUT... such a cool banjo. It has 19 frets and a scale length of 22 3/4". Please email any questions.

We found the following online:

Founded by Oscar and Otto Schmidt in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1871, the company applied for dozens of patents in musical instruments and related equipment. The Oscar Schmidt Company was formally incorporated in 1911 and at the company's peak in the early 1920s, with the company operating manufacturing facilities in five cities.

The Oscar Schmidt business ceased operations many years ago. The description below is from Jersey City Of To-Day, 1910, Walter G. Muirheid, editor.

Oscar Schmidt was born in Germany in 1857, and came to this country at an early age. He engaged in the publishing business in 1882, and continued therein until 1896, when he started the manufacture of musical instruments in a small shop in the two-story repair shop of the North Hudson Street Railway Company on Palisade Avenue in the Hudson City, section. At that time the use of musical instruments was by no means as general as at the present day, but the business increased with the demand until his present factory at 87 Ferry Street is now the largest establishment of its kind in the United States, occupying over 30,000 square feet of floor space.

The output of this factory in string instruments is the largest of any one concern in the world, and the products are sold in every corner of the globe where musical instruments are used. Over a million guitars, zithers and patented musical instruments made in Jersey City by Mr. Schmidt have been sold since he started in business, and he is now the largest manufacturer of instruments at all prices in the United States. His storage yards for the lumber used in the construction of the instruments give some idea by their vastness of the amount of business that he does. He has just patented the Schmidt Pianotina which he will shortly place on the market, and which will be the cheapest and smallest piano in the world. The advance orders show the sales of this instrument will be very large.

The business is not a corporation but is owned personally by Mr. Schmidt, who supervises its management in all its details. He has always had faith in Jersey City real estate, and is to-day the owner of over of $200,000 worth of property. Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 10 lbs 8 oz in a 38 x 18 x 10 box. The Calculator is not always right - if the shipping looks too high email us and we will give you an accurate quote prior to the sale ending. ************ What a great find!

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