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Circa 1880-1940. The label frequently says "T.B.C. Sterling"
The "T.B.C" 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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