Butler Banjo

Is it or isn't it?

This banjo, marked Butler, Hammersmith, London was photographed by Clive Hughes in the early 1990's.This fretless 7-string banjo has many zither banjo characteristics - slotted peg-head, partially closed back.

A.P. Sharpe made the following brief comment about Butler in the "Banjo Story":

A zither-banjo marked "Butler, Haymarket, London" passed through the hands of A.P Sharpe but no details of this maker of (or, possibly, dealer in) musical instruments have been discovered.

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