Bass drum and mallet

Frederick Lane (American, 1791–1865)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ash, calfskin

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



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.


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