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
columbian banjolele Banjo Ukulele
Columbian
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
Columbian Nothing to do with the Tonk Bros use of the brand name
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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