This maple neck, maple rim, open back tenor banjo with an 11” diameter Joseph B. Rogers, Jr. skin head, has the name “D. Meldrum” written inside the head.
It has four friction machine tuners with grained ivoroid buttons, a three piece neck with a dark stripe down the center, 24 brackets, a wood dowel, a pearwood fingerboard with 10 mother of pearl dots in 7 fret positions, a dark finish pearwood headplate with the name “Bacon” in either a decal or inlaid in ivoroid at the top. It has a Waverly brand tailpiece which may not be original, a wood dowel interior construction with tensioner near the neck joint. It has what appears to be a rosewood heel cap, and the back of the rim, which shows some wear, is painted black. There is normal hand wear on the back of the neck. The banjo shows normal signs of use and wear overall. It has a “rolled bead” of metal between the skin head and the wooden walls of the rim.