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Windsor

English Banjo Maker

Arthur Octavious Windsor started off in the coffin furniture trade in Birmingham and played banjo as a hobby. He designed and made his banjos and expanded to his own business making a range of fretted instruments up to 1940 when the factory was bombed out. He was probably the largest manufacturer of fretted instruments in England in his time and as was typical, many were made-for-the-trade and retailed with a different brand name.

He formed a partnership from 1885 to 1901 with Arthur J Taylor who also played and taught banjo. Olly Oakley, the fanous performer favoured a Windsor Zither Banjo.