Other British Makers and Distributors of the 20th c.

GH&S made Fitzroy Banjo Ukulele
Fitzroy
Merry Bright Banjolele
Merry Bright
Swanee Banjolele
Swanee
Roly banjolele Banjo Ukulele
Roly
Eric Graham & Co Banjo Ukulele
Eric Graham & Co

GH&S made tonella Banjo Ukulele
Tonella
GH&S made encore Banjo Ukulele
Encore
GH&S made Fitzroy Banjo Ukulele
Maxitone

In the 1930's the major British Banjo makers produced a lot of instruments for others, like small distributors, big shops and minor celebrities to re-brand and distribute. Some like Alvin Keech or JeTeL are fairly easy to find information on, but a lot of them I can find very little about beyond the fact that they branded Banjoleles, very often made by GH&S and including the Lion stamp, (it may be the case that some of them were House brands for GH&S?). There were also a number of small British Banjo makers/luthiers at the beginning of the 20th century for whom it is also difficult to find much information on I am including here
One final note and its a General one - If you see a small British made banjo instrument with 8 strings it is a Banjo Mandolin not a Banjolele
ALWAYS

These are brands I have little or no information on so... Any Help?
Brand Name Original Maker(s) Further Information

Encore
Eric Graham & Co The button on the back of the headstock reads Eric Graham & Co. Makers London, may have been a maker or may just have been a shop?
Fitzroy
Maxitone GH&S I have seen Equity 9 on the headstock as well. This brand has nothing to do with the Maxitone Banjolele sold by the US Distributor Bruno. What I have seen was made by GH&S so it may just be another of their House brands?
Merry Bright Rose Morris I have also seen it suggested that this actually was a Rose Morris brand but have no definite proof?
Roly The name may not even be correct there was a hole drilled through the headstock logo of the only example I've seen?
Swanee Nothing to do with the US Banjo maker Swanee, (who didn't make Banjoleles)
Tonella GH&S

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