I drove to London and collected it. And its pretty old - It's a "Revelation Banjo Ukulele" which means it was sold before 1926 when the branding was changed to "New Revelation" This is also when he started rebranding Abbotts so I don't think this was made by Abbott; I don't know who did but it isn't one of the major manufacturers of the time? (My best guess is it was made in the pre merge, pre Barnett Samuel takeover Hawkes & Son factory, but I have only seen photos to compare it to?)
For it's age the banjo is in fair shape, the drum is a little distorted and it has lost one of its tension hooks, but on the plus side it still has a full set of wooden friction pegs and the headstock decal in in great shape. Talking of the pegs though, I do hate wooden friction pegs so I will replace them, (but keeping the set as spares), and the strings too. I am also a little suspicious of the tailpiece so I need to keep an eye out for better authentic ones along with a replacement hook. Clearly with no tone ring this was a budget banjolele when it was made but it plays ok, (when it's in tune - those wooden pegs again), and is an interesting instrument so is very welcome at Ukulele Corner.