Wallis (of London)

james wallis banjo ukulele

James Wallis of Euston Road ,London, was a maker of Banjos who used a lot of plastic on his instruments. In 1889 he was granted a patent for covering the banjo hoop with celluloid. He was only ever a small maker and when the firm ceased trading I don't know, however to be making Banjoleles in the 1920's he would have had a long career? I have seen it suggested that the Banjolele I have pictured, (and it is the only one I have seen), was actually branded by a later music shop and it does look fairly generic like a low end Dallas, but I have found no information on a London music shop called Wallis?

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