Tuned Cowbell Set


This tuned cowbell set was made in the United States around 1900 to 1910. It is made of four brass cowbells attached to a metal frame.

This tuned cowbell set was used by William T. Armstrong (1879-1965), orchestra leader and musician in vaudeville and silent film theaters. Armstrong grew up in South River, New Jersey and began playing drums at the age of 14. He continued his musical career through the mid-1910s, after which, Armstrong began work in banking and finance. This artifact is part of a collection of drums, sound effect instruments, and other percussion instruments used by Armstrong.

Date Made: 1900-1910

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

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Credit Line: Gift of Pamela A. Carlin and Evelyn A. Mark in memory of William T. Armstrong

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0335.16Catalog Number: 1984.0335.16Accession Number: 1984.0335

Object Name: bell set

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 1/2 in x 3 7/8 in x 8 in; 8.89 cm x 9.8425 cm x 20.32 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-e831-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_607006

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