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 )
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]"
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.
According to accession records, these castanets were used during the centennial celebration, July 4, 1876.
Gift of Dr. Sydney H. Carney, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.