Wood, hide, rope, leather, metal, paint
Overall: 21 x 24 1/2 in. ( 53.3 x 62.2 cm )
Double-headed tubular drum with wooden cylinder with seam reinforced with metal studs, and drumheads made of animal hide; red painted rims pierced with holes for rope lacing, which is reinforced with leather bands; decorated around airhole with metal studs arranged in two concentric circles vertically aligned with two diamond shapes, one above and one below.
Gift of John Ward Dunsmore
maker's label: inside drum: "Made and sold / by / MEACHAM / No. 84 State-Street, / Albany, / Military importers from England and France, / Manufacturers of various kinds of musical In- / struments, and rifles, / muskets, leather caps, / and military equipment in general."
According to Albany city directories, Roswell L. Meacham manufactured and sold military goods at 84 State Street from 1833 to 1857.
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