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William Nice 1855 to 1901

... was born in Bromley Kent, he was one of the earliest of commercial makers in London and was also a teacher and dealer..

In the early 1870's he had a shop and studio at 2 Eccleston Street, Victoria, from which he sold his own make of unfretted banjos. He had various addresses near Victoria Station before the year when he moved to 122 Fleet Street, E.C.

It is interesting to note that Will Mitchell (many years later to be in charge of the Clifford Essex workshops) was employed by Nice before he (Mitchell) went to the workshops of Richard Spencer.

Nice ran a flourishing studio and shop in Fleet Street teaching all the fretted instruments and selling banjo and zither-banjos he had helped fashion in his workshop. His premises were the meeting place for many professionals of the day.

When he died, Arthur Stanley (the elder) took over his business but did continue the manufacturing side.

Do you have a pre 1940's banjo by this maker? can you supply us some images?

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