... of Hartford Conneticut, USA was in business in the latter half of the 19th C.
Referring to his banjos in writing as âbanjaysâ he patented a new instrument in April 1885.
From the patent #US315135 in which he states âThis is a stringed instrument having some points of similarity to the banjo, and some other points of similarity to the mandolin, and some other points entirely new and widely differing as a whole from every prior instrument known to me.â it would appear he was the first to use the term âBanjolinâ for a banjo-mandolin.
In his 5 stringed instruments he utilised a slotted peg head and guitar style open geared 5th string tuner.
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