Circa 1920s
Serial #3

Excerpt from the "Cadenza" 1911

"Mr. William H. DeWick is a well-known teacher of the banjo,
mandolin and guitar, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a performer who has
achieved some distinction on both the concert and vaudeville
stage throughout the country".

Hardware used is seen on many NYC Banjos of the era.
DeWick had many designs, some could be considered eccentric but all are of quality build.
12" rim assembly, all wooden arch top tone chamber
Maple construction
18 fret neck, extended fingerboard
21" scale
Planet Tuners
Kershner tailpiece
Smakula wire armrest
New frets, added side markers
Heel repair, with glue and pin, no refinish
Cleaned hardware
Bacon Bridge
Nice neck angle, straight neck, easy player
Good tone, has warmth and good note separation
Very interesting and obscure piece of Banjo history, and ready to play again.
Thanks to Tyler Jackson, for helping me get it identified!




Image offline, with DeWick Logo
Same peghead overlay as the one I have listed

1920's DeWick, with "Swing Lok"
Breaks down for easy travel.

 "The Brooklyn Daily Eagle" dated Friday February 19, 1897. 

  DeWick was partnered with one of the Dobson's in New York in the late 1890's

Banjoist in Difficulties

There is a Lamentable Dissension in the Dobson Family.

The Dobson family, teachers of the banjo in the city of New York, has divided on a question of business and C.E. Dobson, with his 

partner, William H. DeWick, has brought suit against George C Dobson for alleged libel, claiming $5,000 damages. Lawyer Horatio C. King this morning

appeared before Justice Dickey, in supreme court, special term, and asked for an injection in the libel suit to restrain George C. Dobson, the defendant,

from publishing in a New York newspaper certain notices. It is alleged by the plaintiffs that these notices are false and defamatory. The plaintiffs say

they have advertised free instructions on the banjo and that there will be a public concert on May 2 next at a local theater. The advertisements have been

put out by plaintiffs in good faith. To their surprise and great grief the plaintiffs saw published in the said newspaper on February 9.10,11,12,13 and 14 certain

notices complained of. One of these notices follows:

"Free instruction. Banjo, guitar, mandolin. Can you be taught free? No! Don't take part in Sunday night concerts; don't buy concert tickets. You can't sell them to your friends for a show that comes off in midsummer. Invest your money for a regular course of lessons. George Clifton Dobson. 564 State stereo, conner of Flatbush avenue:

only Dobson teaching in Brooklyn. 1,276 Broadway, city between Thirty-second and Thirty-third streets."

All the notices were of the same tenor. General King said to the court, that such publications should be discontinued.

Lawyers Abraham L. Fromme of New York city opposed the motion. There was a competition between plaintiffs and defendants and it could be shown that the plaintiffs business was not carried on in good faith, as advertised.

"The plaintiffs say your client is not responsible." said his honor.

"We are responsible for any verdict the plaintiffs can get." said Mr. Fromme.

"Well," said his honor, "It seems to me that your alleged healthy competition goes a little too far, especially as to your claim to being the only Dobson. I will take the papers and reserve decision."