A zither banjo by Arthur Wilmshurst

Jarmo Laine from Helsinki has sent us these photographs of a nice Wilmshurst  zither banjo he has recently obtained.

Arthur John Wilmshurst was born on Dec. 14th, 1862 and came on the scene as a maker of banjos---and more especially zither-banjos - about 1890 at 3 Layard Road, Bermondsey, London, S.E. He made for other firms, e.g. Ebblewhite, Turner.etc.  His workshop was a small back room in the house in which he lived. He died on March I st, 1946 at the age of 83, and the Clifford Essex Music Co. Ltd. purchased his stock of timber, spare parts and unfinished instruments.

Thanks, Jarmo!

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