Birch, woodchuck hide, tin
overall (irreg.): 2 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. ( 7 x 32.4 cm )
handwritten: in pencil on inner surface of wood: "May 15 1851"
Handmade tambourine with birch frame and drum head made from tanned woodchuck hide, with cymbals cut from sheet tin mounted in rectangular slots in wooden frame.
According to donor, her father, R. S. Guernsey (1836-1918), made this tambourine as a boy, using the skin of a woodchuck he killed himself. See documentation in curatorial file.
Gift of Eva L. Guernsey, 1933
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.