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Vintage Minstrel Style Bones, mismatched pair
Vintage Minstrel Style Bones, mismatched pair
Vintage Minstrel Style Bones, mismatched pair

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Only $99.99 pair

Here's what you get: One pair (2 individual bones, like in the photo). That's enough to rattle the bones in one hand.

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Product Code: 100A1-50

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Vintage Minstrel Style Mismatched Bones
Longer bone rosewood, shorter bone not sure.

This mismatched pair acquired in April 2019 from a musical instrument collector living in Massachusetts.
"I've had these for so long I can't remember where I got them. I have been collecting vintage and antique guitars, banjos, violins, and mandolins for 47 years, so these were "probably" in the cases of old instruments that I acquired because these are not the types of things that I would normally buy. I do know that they were not found all together and that they came from several places at different times. I wish I could remember the specifics, but I simply can't remember the details."


Longer 7" bone heavy dark aged rosewood that sinks in water. Shorter 6-1/2" bone maybe rosewood, maybe not. In any case, they are old and play well together. The pair was associated with the three vintage minstrel style sets listed below.
How Old Are They?

The 1897 Sears catalog sold sets of seven-inch rosewood bones like the longer bone. The shorter bone possibly dates from the American amateur minstrel period which flourished from the 1920s to 1950s. I like to think my vintage ebony and rosewood bones date back earlier to the Civil War, even if it is just wishful thinking.
  • Vintage Instruments: One bone rosewood, maybe both.
  • Heavy Dense Rosewood: One bone sinks in water.
  • Produces strong sharp tone.
  • Minstrel Style Design: Still popular after 150 years.

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