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The S.S. Stewart company built banjos in Philadelphia from 1878 to 1910. Following the death of founder Samuel Swain Stewart, in 1898, the firm eventually shut down. The rights to the S.S. Stewart name were purchased by the B&J company (Bugellsein & Jacobson) in 1915. B&J was really a distributor and had the Stewart instruments built by other companies, including the Chicago Musical Instrument Company (CMI); some were built by C. F. Martin. S. S. Stewart branded guitars, banjos, and mandolins continued to be popular until the second world war years.
I can personally attest to the quality and longevity, as well as projection and tone of these wonderful banjos. After all, I owned one, myself!