09Jan22: what’s it?

Andy and I were watching this early 1930’s movie when this guy brought out this banjo-sounding “thing” and plucked away while he sang a song. I thought I’d seen everything. Nope! What is it?

Too much mystery! I gave Andy a head rub instead of puzzling further over this mystery instrument.

I found this after a “google”, and it isn’t identified by much more than “lyre-banjo”. I don’t see the point of it since there doesn’t seem to be a function for the lyre part of it.