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Bass drum and mallet

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Ash (?) shell with painted decoration consisting of an American eagle with "E Pluribus Unum" on a fluttering banner over a shield. Skin heads held on by red-painted wood hoops laced with rope and leather tensioners. Includes old wooden mallet.

Provenance

By 1812, apparently used by Joseph Jewett (1780-1852), Alna, Maine, in the War of 1812. Before 1931, Clarence Edgar Black (b. about 1899), originally from Waldoboro, Maine; by 1986, by descent to his son, Charles E. Black (1931-1998), Hingham, Massachusetts; 1986, gift of Black to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

Credit Line

Gift of the Family of Charles E. Black and Gale L. Perron, including Karen A. Black, Diane L. (Black) Conners, Emmie Perron Black and Katrina Perron-Black

1813–19

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Height 60 cm, diameter 62 cm (Height 23 5/8 in., diameter 24 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1986.937a-b

Medium or Technique

Ash, calfskin

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Membranophones