Tall stories and tailpieces .. The end of the Victorian era heralded the ten years during which the five string banjo peaked in its development, before it met its nemesis that was to become the 4 string or tenor banjo, which itself peaked another twenty years later.
It was not alone in the pre 1st World War period when technology of all sorts was being developed from the 1st real telephone, aviation, motor vehicles; and massive projects in construction such as the Panama Canal and the fateful Titanic were being undertaken.
Tailpieces had been the butt of many a fancy claim in a patent application and many did nothing to enhance the instrument, often the opposite.
That was until it was discovered that volume and response could be significantly enhanced if the strings could impart more down pressure on the bridge.
This Paramount tailpiece from the '20s embodies eactly that as well as an adjustable quick release catch surely copied from some 1st WW piece of armament.