Wood, hide, rope, leather, paint
Overall: 15 5/8 x 16 3/4 in. ( 39.7 x 42.5 cm )
handwritten: inside drum: "JOHN G. PICKERING / GREENLAND, N. H. / OCTOBER 25, 1854"
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.
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).
Gift of Harry McNeill Bland
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.