Chinese Cymbal


This Chinese cymbal was made in the United States, around 1900 to 1910. It is made of brass.

This cymbal 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: 1984.0335.44Catalog Number: 1984.0335.44Accession Number: 1984.0335

Object Name: cymbal

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 2 5/16 in x 15 in; 5.87375 cm x 38.1 cm


Record Id: nmah_607026

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