BANJO William Esperance Boucher, Jr. (1822–1899), Baltimore, Maryland, ca. 1845 The 1840s was a pivotal decade in American music. Even as C. F. Martin was introducing innovations that were changing the guitar, the banjo was becoming an immensely popular instrument. William Boucher is credited with being one of the first professional makers and may have introduced metal tuning brackets to tighten the head. Though unrelated, this instrument has a scroll style headstock that is reminiscent of those found on Viennese guitars. Gift of Peter Szego, 2013 (2013.639)
Marking: Stamped faintly at the neck's lower end: “Baltimore / W. Boucher, Jr.”
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, p. 21, 128, ill.
Artist: Christian Frederick Martin (Markneukirchen, Saxony 1796–1873 Nazareth, Pennsylvania)Date: ca. 1838Medium: Wood, maple, spruce, abalone, ebony, metal, brass, ivoryAccession: 1979.380a, bOn view in:Not on view