Drum

Object Number: 
1919.20
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).
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John Vreeland Brickell, through Reginald Pelham Bolton
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group