J Parslow – Banjo Maker


The Parslow family of Kingston upon Thames appears in my family history. Ebay have a very nifty facility where it will send you an email when something of a given name is listed. The photos of this wonderful Banjo appeared on Ebay recently. This banjo was handmade at the end of the 19th Century by James Parslow 1850-1920.

There are other photos on my Flickr album, including one of the stamp from shop in Hammersmith where this Banjo was sold. By looking at a trade directory for London to see when this shop was trading we can get an idea of when it was sold.

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5 Responses to J Parslow – Banjo Maker

  1. Paul Henry says:

    How much do parslow normally go for I have one Iam looking to sell

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  2. Paul, I would have no idea how much they are worth. One sold on eBay a few years ago for a couple of hundred. I am no expert though. My Great Great Uncle was Joseph Parslow

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  3. Carole Helsen says:

    Hi Julie
    I am not sure if you remember me but I bought a Parslow Zither Banjo on Ebay some time ago. I have lost all the emails between ourselves (we are both Parslow descendants) and I can’t remember if it was you I actually bought it from or whether you were the person who tipped me off that one was for sale.
    I am trying to help Ed Parslow who is an expert on banjos and has created a pdf listing all the surviving banjos. He says he is not related to me (and therefore you) but he I think he must be to have such an interest in the banjos.
    I don’t suppose you remember me or have any of our emails. Ed Parslow is trying to trace the two Charlie Parslow Banjos as he doesn’t know who owns them now.
    Regards
    Carole Helsen

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    • Hello Carole,

      I do remember you, great to hear from you. I too have heard from Ed about the Banjo and wrote to you about a week ago asking if I could pass your information on. I tipped you off to the banjo on eBay. I believe I do have our emails. Give me a day or so to see what I can find. Has your email address changed?

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      • Carole, I have a quick look in the filing cabinet and in my Dropbox and I do have some emails from you. Was there anything particular you were looking to find?

        The only details relating to the origins of the banjo was that it was rescued from a skip. Ed sent me the PDF last weekend and I had a glance through. I sadly don’t know anything more about the Charlie Parslow Banjo’s.

        However, your email and that of Ed’s has sparked my interest in updating my research in this line. My Grandmother was always very fond of her Aunt who married Jo Parslow and since we have corresponded I have established that Barbara who was the daughter of Dorothy Edith (dau of Jo & Eliza) was not killed in a Doddlebug during WWII.

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