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Tambourine

Object Number: 
2174
Date: 
1851
Medium: 
Birch, woodchuck hide, tin
Dimensions: 
overall (irreg.): 2 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. ( 7 x 32.4 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten: in pencil on inner surface of wood: "May 15 1851"
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Eva L. Guernsey, 1933
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group