Vintage 1910s  M&W Bull's Head BANJO CASE - for Gibson, Vega, Geib & SchaeferVintage 1910s  M&W Bull's Head BANJO CASE - for Gibson, Vega, Geib & Schaefer

This is a rare find for a collector of vintage American banjos – a classic M&W “Bull’s Head” banjo case! The Maulbetsch & Whittemore Co. was founded in 1886 and was sold in 1920. Successor companies – Felsberg, Harptone and TKL – have all continued the famous “Bull’s Head” trademark. Along with their competitor Geib & Schaefer, M&W provided cases for all the top of the line instruments, such as Gibson. Before 1920, most Gibsons came with M&W cases, after which Geib & Schaefer became more common. This particular case features the famous M&W “double diamond” on the inside storage compartment lid, which dates the case to c. 1906 – 1920. If your Gibson banjo was made in that period, chances are this is the original case for it. Of course, M&W also provided cases to other banjo manufacturers of the era, such as Vega, Slingerland, etc., for all of which it will also be correct. This case is over 100 years old and has plenty of wear that shows its age. However, it is still solid and serviceable, a testament to M&W quality. It has the famous Bull’s Head logo embossed on the bottom, the double diamond on the inside storage compartment lid and is marked “M&W Co.” on the latches. All the latches and hinges work perfectly. The handle is missing and replaced with something improvised.There is an area on the bottom where some of the Keratol covering is missing. The interior is remarkably clean for its age, with relatively minor wear. See pics, they are part of the description. The case measures approximately 38″ in length on the interior, 21″ from the bottom of the case to the storage compartment, 15″ across at the widest part where the banjo pot would be, and is 3″ deep + 1″ depth in the lid. I am not sure what type of banjo it was originally meant for, a 5-string, a plectrum or a large tenor, so please measure your banjo to make sure it will fit. These cases very rarely turn up. A similar Geib & Schaefer banjo case recently sold for over $300, and I’m sure the savvy collector who picked it up was glad to finally find the right one. A correct original case will always enhance any vintage instrument! Because this is a century old antique, it is sold AS IS, no returns. If you have any questions, just ask. Will be very carefully packed. See my other listings for more banjos and other cool stuff!