The 'Melody' Banjo Ukulele

The instrument has a small logo in gold lettering at the top on the neck, a LIONS HEAD and the words BRITISH MADE. It has a metal name plate which says MELODY-UKE. 
It was made by George Houghton and Sons (Birmingham, England). 
Houghton's maintained a stock catalogue of instruments (usually marked with a gold-embossed lion with the initials G. H. & S. underneath) with which many retailers and most of the wholesale houses made up their own catalogues.
It has an eight and a 1/4 inch diameter drum with a steel tone ring under the skin which raises the centre. It has eight tensioner screws around the drum and has a closed back which measures ten and 1/2 inches across.

Another excellent instrument to suit the beginner.

Thanks to Rickio Woods, Seattle USA for the photographs
Also to Jono Nuttall (NZ) and Percy Copley for information

Links to other British Banjo Ukulele pages
The Will Van Allen Banjo Ukulele The Shellard Banjo Ukulele

The Barnes and Mullins Banjo Ukulele

The Spiers Banjo Ukulele
The Beddoes Banjo Ukulele The Claughton Banjo Ukulele

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