Snare Drum

Snare Drum

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Description (Brief)

This snare drum was manufactured for the firm of J. Howard Foote in New York, from 1878-1882. It has a nickel-plated brass shell, two inlaid wood hoops, two skin heads, and a gut snare. There are eight sets of nickel-plated hooks with tensioning rods used to tighten the hoops. The top hoop features a brass medallion inscribed with the J. Howard Foote logo.

J. Howard Foote (1833-1896) originally trained as a clockmaker and machine worker, began his employment at the firm of Rohé & Leavitt at No. 31 Maiden Lane in New York around 1853 and acquired the company after Rohé and Leavitt retired in 1863. Foote established a branch store in Chicago in 1868, remaining in business until his death in 1896. This instrument listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog, sold as a Prussian model Tenor or Snare drum (#7044), for $14.00.

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United States
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 15 in x 19 in x 19 in; 38.1 cm x 48.26 cm x 48.26 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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National Museum of American History
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