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  • Castanets with handle

    late 19th century

    Description

    Flat centerpiece with integral handle, to which are attached two castanets.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 27.7 cm, width 4.7 cm, thickness 3.6 cm (Length 10 7/8 in., width 1 7/8 in., thickness 1 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ebony

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2030

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Clappers (bones)

    late 19th century

    Description

    Four slightly curved pieces of ebony of cigar-shaped cross section.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 18.3 cm, width 2.8 cm, thickness 1 cm (Length 7 3/16 in., width 1 1/8 in., thickness 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Ebony

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    1989.132a-d

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Pair of cymbals

    late 19th century

    Description

    Bronze discs with a spherical segment depression in the center. A leather loop on each for holding.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameters 17.3 cm (6 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Brass

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2028a-b

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Pair of finger cymbals

    mid-20th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameters 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Brass

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    1982.1a-b

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    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

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  • Turkish crescent

    early 19th century

    Description

    A brass pole with wooden handle and sliding sleeve. Surmounted by a small crescent, below which is a small sphere and four bells. Further below there are (1) a round, pavilion-shaped perforated piece with twelve bells on the lower rim; (2) a large crescent with six bells; (3) a sphere with five-pointed star inside the crescent; and (4) a ferrule with a helical spring fixed to the pole; the sliding sleeve has a short spring attached to its top. The instrument is carried at the head of a band and assists in keeping the marching rhythm. The lower end of the pole is inserted into a leather pocket attached to a shoulder belt to facilitate the holding. The sliding sleeve is moved up and down, striking against the spring and causing the jingles and bells to jingle; hence the affectionate name bestowed upon it by the British 'Tommies.'

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 17.8 cm, width 40 cm, depth 30.5 cm (Height 70 1/16 in., width 15 3/4 in., depth 12 in.)

    Medium

    Brass, maple

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2043

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Bell (after 1st-century B.C. Pompeiian type)

    19th century

    Description

    Bronze. The handle is a sculptured ibis, the sacred bird of the Egyptians. Reproduction of a bell found in Pompeii.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 14.5 cm, diameter 5.4 cm (Height 5 11/16 in., diameter 2 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2034

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Chariot bell (after 1st-century B.C. Roman type)

    late 19th century

    Description

    Bronze. Square at bottom, tongue in the form of a ring, fastened by a piece of wire passing through a hole in the top. Loop at the top.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 4.4 cm, width 3 cm, depth 2.7 cm (Height 1 3/4 in., width 1 3/16 in., depth 1 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2037

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Pedlar's bell

    late 19th century

    Description

    Red, unglazed clay. The tongue is a lump of clay tied by a piece of string through a hole in the top.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 10.2 cm, diameter 7.7 cm (Height 4 in., diameter 3 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Earthenware

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2035

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Mule bell

    19th century

    Description

    Wrought iron, with remnants of copper plating inside. Upper part egg-shaped, lower part elongated into an ellipsoidal opening of smaller size. Square loop on the long iron tongue. Made of one piece of sheet iron, hammered into shape, overlapped and welded on the sides.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 14.9 cm, width 17.6 cm, depth 11.5 cm (Height 5 7/8 in., width 6 15/16 in., depth 4 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Iron

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2038

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Curfew bell

    14th century

    Description

    Of wrought iron. Rectangular cross-section wtih rounded corners; a little smaller at the top. Large, square loop-shaped handle with a wide integral handgrip, grooved in the upper side; the handle continued within the loop through the holes in the upper wall, forming a long loop with the stem of the tongue attached to it. Welded, spherical clapper, diameter 60 mm. at the lower end of the tongue, the stem projecting 35 mm beyond it. Made of one piece of hammered sheet iron about 2 mm. thick, bent and shaped by hammering, overlapped, riveted, and welded. It was formerly bronzed.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 32.4 cm, width 18.4 cm, depth 12.8 cm (Height 12 3/4 in., width 7 1/4 in., depth 5 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Iron

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2039

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Jew's harp

    19th century

    Description

    Consists of a slender tongue of flattened steel wire fixed by one end to the base of an onion-shaped loop. The free end of the tongue passing between the two branches of the frame is bent at a 90-degree angle and has a small loop.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 8.9 cm, width 4.4 cm, thickness 0.7 cm (Length 3 1/2 in., width 1 3/4 in., thickness 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Iron

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2044

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Triangle

    late 19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Height 14.9 cm, width 17 cm, thickness 1 cm (Height 5 7/8 in., width 6 11/16 in., thickness 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Steel

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2048a

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Xylophone and two mallets

    19th century

    Description

    With two hammers. Fifteen strips of wood of graduated lengths strung on cords and tied to a wooden frame. Diatonic compass from c' to c'''.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 47.7 cm, width 27 cm, height 4.3 cm (Length 18 3/4 in., width 10 5/8 in., height 1 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2041a-c

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Nail violin

    19th century

    Description

    Of wood, with iron nails and iron wire guard. Flat semi- circular sound-box with two C-shaped sound-holes on the top and an oval one on the bottom. Thirty-three iron nails are arranged around the curved side; the tops are protected by a wire guard. The naturals are straight, the sharps have thier tops bent inward. Inside the sound-box is an inverted bridge with three feet glued to the sound-board. Light yellow varnish. Played with a box (missing).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 36 cm, width 17.5 cm, height 12.9 cm (Length 14 3/16 in., width 6 7/8 in., height 5 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, iron

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2046

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Musical glasses (armonica)

    early 19th century

    Description

    Music: Largo in G minor by Johann Abraham Peter Shulz, 1799-1800 (performed by Alisa Nakashian-Holsberg on an armonica made by Gerhard Finkenbeiner, Waltham, MA, 1984)

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 69.2 cm, width 33 cm, height with stand 81 cm (Length 27 1/4 in., width 13 in., height with stand 31 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, glass

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2047

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Musical glasses (Grand Harmonicon)

    about 1830

    Francis Hopkinson Smith (1797–1872)

    Description

    Rectangular mahogany case with fold-up top. Pedestal base. Space for twenty-four glasses. Twenty-seven glasses included.

    Mahogany veneered case, chipped and top cracked. Rectangular box 24 stemmed glasses of varying sizes, with letters in gold on black oval, (l extra glass) standing in holes on inner board. Broken glass knob lifts cover. Heavy circular pedestral on shaped plinth.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 91 cm, width 54 cm, case height 21 cm, height with stand 79.5 cm (Length 35 13/16 in., width 21 1/4 in., case height 8 1/4 in., height with stand 31 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Mahogany, glass

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    52.1845

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Side drum

    about 1800

    Description

    Brass barrel, two skin heads held by wooden loops laced with cord braces and tightened with leather tags. Two snares below.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 44 cm, diameter 45.5 cm (Height 17 5/16 in., diameter 17 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Brass

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    17.2020

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Side drum

    probably 1834

    Distributed by Henry H. Prentiss (American, 1801–1860 American)

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Height 35.5 cm, diameter 42 cm (Height 14 in., diameter 16 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    1993.900

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Bass drum and two mallets

    about 1810

    Description

    Wooden barrel, overlapped and riveted with three rows of flat- headed brass rivets. Painted white scroll, decorations, no inscriptions. Two painted wooden hoops held with cord braces and tightened with leather tags. One hoop braces with sheet iron patches (riveted on). Two drumsticks.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 73.5 cm, diameter 65 cm (Height 28 15/16 in., diameter 25 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    17.2021a-c

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Bass drum and mallet

    1813–19

    Frederick Lane (American, 1791–1865 American)

    Description

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Ash, calfskin

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    1986.937a-b

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

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  • Bass drum

    about 1815

    Description

    Wooden barrel built up with two shells of equal height. Two wooden hoops, braced and tightened with cord and tags. Below inscription are white and blue ensigns with the flagstaffs crossed.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 80 cm, diameter 72 cm (Height 31 1/2 in., diameter 28 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    17.2022

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Kettledrum

    about 1830

    Marked by Jacob Petersen (born in Arndahl, Norway, about...

    Description

    A drum of hemispherical form, applied with the Royal Arms of England above the monogram of William IV (r. 1830-37). Below the monogram are crossed banners and battle honors for PENINSULA, GARZIA HERNANDEZ, and WATERLOO (unique to the Hannoverian garde du corps) chased on ribbons, also applied with eight trophies consisting of helmted cuirasses backed by trumpets, swords, musket and foliage, which form the bases for tension screws, all supported on three scroll acanthus supports linked by laurel swags and from which spread sprays of berried laurel.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 47.9 x 58.4 cm (18 7/8 x 23 in.) Weight: 13806.2 gm (487 oz.)

    Medium

    Silver, vellum

    Classification

    Silver

    Accession Number

    2006.813

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    Europe

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  • Kettledrum

    about 1830

    Marked by Jacob Petersen (born in Arndahl, Norway, about...

    Description

    A drum of hemispherical form, applied with the Royal Arms of England above the monogram of William IV (r. 1830-37). Below the monogram are crossed banners and battle honors for PENINSULA, GARZIA HERNANDEZ, and WATERLOO (unique to the Hannoverian garde du corps) chased on ribbons, also applied with eight trophies consisting of helmted cuirasses backed by trumpets, swords, musket and foliage, which form the bases for tension screws, all supported on three scroll acanthus supports linked by laurel swags and from which spread sprays of berried laurel.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 50.8 x 63.5 cm (20 x 25 in.) Weight: 15507.2 gm (547 oz.)

    Medium

    Silver, vellum

    Classification

    Silver

    Accession Number

    2006.814

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    Europe

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  • Pair of timpani and two mallets

    19th century

    Description

    The bodies of both drums are made of brass hemispherical shells covered with vellum drum heads. The smaller drum has five tuning screws; the larger one, six. Pair of drumsticks with whalebone handles; the wooden heads are covered with a thin layer of sponge.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Heights 37 cm and 38 cm, diameters 61 cm and 67.5 cm (Heights 14 9/16 in. and 14 15/16 in., diameters 24 in. and 26 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Brass

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

    Accession Number

    17.2019a-d

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    Musical Instruments

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