John Grey and Sons Banjolin sometimes called Banjo Mandolin
Good condition all round, pre war model denoted by head badge
3 Bolts missing on the skin frame, if you want more pictures pleas ask
Got this off the web
John Grey is a trade mark and is NOT a person. John Grey and Sons was simply a marketing guise to sound like other manufacturers who did use their own names. Why Barnett Samuel did that remains a mystery.
John Grey & Sons Ltd. was a subsidiary company of Barnett Samuel & Sons for the making and selling of banjos, guitars and drums. The banjos were designed and manufactured by Francis Beddard, an Englishman who went to work for S.S.Stewart in America and returned in 1901.
The company started life in London in 1832 as a business in Westminster which manufactured watches and steel pens and distributed musical instruments wholesale. It was run by Henry Solomon whose father Jacob had come to London from Exeter. Henry sold the musical instrument part of the business to Barnett Samuel.