Bass drum

Object Number: 
1928.80a
Date: 
1770-1780
Medium: 
Wood, hide, rope, leather, metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 25 1/2 x 26 in. ( 64.8 x 66 cm )
Description: 
Base drum with painted wooden cylinder with seam reinforced with metal studs, and drumheads made of animal hide; red painted wooden rims pierced with holes for rope lacing, which is reinforced with leather bands; painted panel with soaring eagle and decorative motifs covers about one third of cylinder, with remainder painted yellow.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, the Briggs family, former owners of this drum, believed that it had been used at the Battle of Saratoga, during the Revolutionary War.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. H. H. Weil
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group