I collect ear trumpets
A common form is a 2 piece arrangement known as a 'banjo'
My collection includes 31 of this type of trumpet
I recently noted that several of the more basic models (ie not decorative or EPNS) bear the mark 'ENGLISH MADE'
My curiosity was aroused when photographing the lettering that they all have a similar imperfection suggesting a common manufacturer
I have researched catalogues and advertising to find that only one manufacturing supplier (SMC) actually shows a banjo in their catalogue
My proposal is that they made the banjo for a variety of resellers and placed an additional suppliers label on the item for each retailer
I have Banjos of this type labelled Arnold, Bailey, Dowling, Fannin, Rein, and 3 more unbranded
And one unmarked looking exactly like SMC catalogue No 1365
Fanin and Bailey are very much distributors rather than makers
Can anyone offer any further light on the subject ?
Does anyone know when the marking ENGLISH MADE became common place ?
Phisick lists 2 by Hawksley but they do not seem to show the 'ENGLISH MADE' mark, however the one anotated 'Telescopic Brass/Copper Hearing Trumpet' is indeed marked 'ENGLISH MADE'.
Phisick also lists a banjo marked 'BRITISH MADE'