Tiki King's Ukulele Database:
Circa 1880-1940. The label frequently says "T.B.C. Sterling"
stands for "Tonk Bros. Company", a distributor with offices in Philadelphia, New York, and
Chicago. Sterling was a "brand name" they used on guitars, Harmonicas, Accordions, Banjos , Banjo Ukes, and
Mandolins, as well as brass instruments, woodwinds, and many others Tonk Brothers used several
different manufacturers over the years, making it difficult to determine who actually made the various
instruments. Tonk brothers also distributed other "Uke" associated names such as
Hohner, Washburn, , Kay, , and Ludwig
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