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Viewing device

Date: 
1840-1870
Medium: 
Metal, glass, textile
Dimensions: 
closed: 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. ( 1.3 x 3.2 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Viewing device consisting of a cylindrical glass lens in mallet-shaped silver(?) casing, with cover that pivots open from end of handle; red silk ribbon tied to ring at end of handle.
Object Number: 
Z.2988
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1870
eMuseum Object ID: 
38919
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Insignia plates and bars (5 pieces)

Date: 
1850-1870
Medium: 
Metal, textile
Dimensions: 
Each (bar): 1 1/8 x 3/8 x 3/8 in. (2.9 x 1 x 1 cm) Each (plate): 2 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 1/4 in. (7 x 2.9 x 0.6 cm)
Description: 
Two metal insignia plates, each with brass letters and numeral, "N.Y. 7," attached to a rectangular piece of sheet metal with a hole punched in each corner, and three silver embroidered bars.
Object Number: 
Z.2989a-e
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1870
eMuseum Object ID: 
38846
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Knife

Date: 
1850-1865
Medium: 
Iron, antler
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 1/8 x 2 1/8 in. ( 38.4 x 5.4 cm )
Description: 
Iron and antler knife; single-edged blade with prow-shaped point and curved, antler handle.
Object Number: 
INV.7833b
Gallery Label: 
According to an attached label, this knife was found by Reverend Roswell D. Hitchcock on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and was presented to the Society by Bradford Hitchcock.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1865
eMuseum Object ID: 
38575
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Shoulder straps and hardware (5 pieces)

Date: 
1850-1880
Medium: 
Textile, metal
Dimensions: 
Each (piece of hardware, approx.): 2 x 1 x 1/2 in. (5.1 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm) Each (shoulder strap): 4 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1/2 in.
Description: 
Pair of colonel's shoulder straps and three pieces of miscellaneous hardware; each rectangular strap with wide gold embroidered border framing silver embroidered eagle on black textile ground, and a cloth tie at each corner; two bar-shaped pieces of brass hardware with four holes pierced in elongated tab at each end; one kidney-shaped piece of brass hardware with numerous small holes and a small rectangular handle at center.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John H. Janeway
Object Number: 
2432j-n
Gallery Label: 
These shoulder straps were apparently worn by Colonel Julian McAllister (1823-1887) who served in the Mexican-American War, 1847-48, and the American Civil War, 1861-66.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1880
eMuseum Object ID: 
38457
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Snare drum

Date: 
1939
Medium: 
Wood, hide, rope, leather, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 1/4 x 18 3/4 in. ( 38.7 x 47.6 cm )
Description: 
Double-headed tubular drum with painted wooden cylinder and drumheads made of animal hide; wooden rims painted with alternating horizontal red and black stripes; rope lacing threaded through metal rings attached to rim edges, the lacing reinforced with leather bands; view of wood frame, peaked roof building in oval frame between two full-length female allegorical figures painted on one side of cylinder.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Camillo Tompkins Sutorius and George Ford Sutorius
Object Number: 
1935.88
Marks: 
painted: on side of cylinder: "COOPERAGE" (on sign attached to building) handwritten: inside drum: "Wm S. Tompkins - maker - 69 Watts St. - Sept. 23, 1839"
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, the building represented on the side of this drum is Tompkins' drum factory at 69 Watts Street in New York City. The donors are Tompkins' grandsons.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1939
eMuseum Object ID: 
38378
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Bass drum

Date: 
1833-1857
Medium: 
Wood, hide, rope, leather, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 21 x 24 1/2 in. ( 53.3 x 62.2 cm )
Description: 
Double-headed tubular drum with wooden cylinder with seam reinforced with metal studs, and drumheads made of animal hide; red painted rims pierced with holes for rope lacing, which is reinforced with leather bands; decorated around airhole with metal studs arranged in two concentric circles vertically aligned with two diamond shapes, one above and one below.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John Ward Dunsmore
Object Number: 
1941.1208
Marks: 
maker's label: inside drum: "Made and sold / by / MEACHAM / No. 84 State-Street, / Albany, / Military importers from England and France, / Manufacturers of various kinds of musical In- / struments, and rifles, / muskets, leather caps, / and military equip
Gallery Label: 
According to Albany city directories, Roswell L. Meacham manufactured and sold military goods at 84 State Street from 1833 to 1857.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1857
eMuseum Object ID: 
38116
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Bass drum

Date: 
1836
Medium: 
Wood, hide, rope, leather, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 21 1/4 x 34 in. ( 54 x 86.4 cm )
Description: 
Bass drum with red painted wooden cylinder and drumheads made of animal hide; yellow painted wooden rims pierced with holes for rope lacing, which is reinforced with metal bands with leather tabs; cylinder painted with figures (said to be members of Dodworth Band in Antebellum uniform) oriented vertically with respect to rims, with banner surmounted by shield above, and inscriptions, "DODWORTH'S" and "CORNET BAND."
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Chicago Historical Society
Object Number: 
1950.271
Marks: 
painted in black: on original drumhead: "DODWORTH, NEW YORK" painted: on cylinder: "DODWORTH'S / CORNET BAND"
Gallery Label: 
According to information supplied by the donor, this drum was used for over 50 years by the Dodworth Band, which was established in 1825 by his father, Harvey B. Dodworth (1790-1876). According to the donor's affidavit, the drum was carried on the battlefield at Bull Run and struck twice by Confederate bullets, used in Ford's Theater the night of Lincoln's assassination, and in funeral ceremonies afterward. Further details of its history are recorded in the accession records.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1836
eMuseum Object ID: 
38072
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Bass drum

Date: 
1770-1780
Medium: 
Wood, hide, rope, leather, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 25 1/2 x 26 in. ( 64.8 x 66 cm )
Description: 
Base drum with painted wooden cylinder with seam reinforced with metal studs, and drumheads made of animal hide; red painted wooden rims pierced with holes for rope lacing, which is reinforced with leather bands; painted panel with soaring eagle and decorative motifs covers about one third of cylinder, with remainder painted yellow.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. H. H. Weil
Object Number: 
1928.80a
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, the Briggs family, former owners of this drum, believed that it had been used at the Battle of Saratoga, during the Revolutionary War.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1780
eMuseum Object ID: 
38026
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Drum

Date: 
1770-1780
Medium: 
Wood, hide, rope, leather, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 14 x 17 in. ( 35.6 x 43.2 cm )
Description: 
Double-headed tubular drum with brown painted wooden cylinder and drumheads made of animal hide; rims with painted scrolling vine motif (detached); rope lacing with metal hardware and leather reinforcement (detached).
Credit Line: 
Gift of John Vreeland Brickell, through Reginald Pelham Bolton
Object Number: 
1919.20
Gallery Label: 
This item is described as "a revolutionary drum used in the British Army" in the N-YHS "Quarterly Bulletin," Oct. 1919 (p. 95). Moreover, the drum is said to have been in the family of the donor since the time of the Revolution. Before entering the N-YHS Collection, the drum was cut down from its original size by about four inches, the Royal Insignia painted on the side was scraped off, and the rims and cords were replaced. The cylinder and the drumheads, however, are said to be original.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1780
eMuseum Object ID: 
37946
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Snare drum

Date: 
1854
Medium: 
Wood, hide, rope, leather, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 5/8 x 16 3/4 in. ( 39.7 x 42.5 cm )
Description: 
Double-headed tubular drum with painted wooden cylinder and drumheads made of animal hide; red painted wooden rims pierced with holes for lacing, which is reinforced with leather bands; abstract floral design painted in red, beige and black on one side of cylinder.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Harry McNeill Bland
Object Number: 
1932.155
Marks: 
handwritten: inside drum: "JOHN G. PICKERING / GREENLAND, N. H. / OCTOBER 25, 1854"
Gallery Label: 
This drum is said to have been used by the Albany Burgesses Corps, which was organized October 8, 1833, at Albany, New York. This militia unit was composed of middle- and upper-class citizens and renowned for its military glamor, its precision drilling, and its sumptuous entertainment (see "Military Uniforms in America," vol. 3, p. 22).
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1854
eMuseum Object ID: 
37911
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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