Wood, iron, tin, brass, paper
Overall: 1 1/2 x 11 x 1 1/2 in. ( 3.8 x 27.9 x 3.8 cm )
Set of wooden castanets consisting of central turned handle connected to two fixed rectangular lengths of wood with curved ends; each piece also flanked by two lengths of wood (of the same size and shape), loosely connected by tinned sheet iron escutcheons attached with brass rivets; outside of pieces of wood covered in paper printed in red and blue; when castanets are shaken, attached lengths of wood knock against central piece and create clicking noise.
Gift of Dr. Sydney H. Carney, Jr.
written: in black ink on one section of castanet: "S. H. Carney/Jr./4 July 1876/164 W 34th/New York City" lithographed: on paper pasted to sections of castanet: "1776 1876"; "PATENTED/Aug. 3/1875"; "CENTENNIAL"; "CASTANE[TS]"
According to accession records, these castanets were used during the centennial celebration, July 4, 1876.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.