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    Default Banjo Appraisal Questions

    Hi,
    My husband received this banjo from his grandmother, believes it's from the 1920s. Great condition! A Ludwig by kenmore. But my question is there is engravement found on some trim piece on the drum. It reads "Godfrey O'King", anyone know if he's a musician or maybe just some random person who originally owned it? Would this decrease the instruments value?
    I appreciate your time in advanced!

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    If you can find Mr. O'Kings decedents it increases the value. If not it probably has little effect. Pictures always help.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    My last name is Godfrey, but it looks like this was Godfrey as a first name. I don't find any mentions of "Godfrey O'King" on Google aside from this thread, not even genealogy websites etc that pop up for some names. What country are you located in?

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    Ebay's completed sales shows two have sold within the last month. One went for $450 and the other one went for under $400 (best offer).

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