Snare drum

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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.
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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).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Harry McNeill Bland
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group