Snare Drum

Snare Drum

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This snare drum was manufactured for the firm of J. Howard Foote in New York, from 1865 to 1880. It has a mahogany-veneer wood shell, two wood hoops, two skin heads, and a gut snare. There are eight sets of nickel-plated hooks laced with rope, through leather ears, 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.

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Object Name
date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
leather (overall material)
rope (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 19 in x 19 in; 30.48 cm x 48.26 cm x 48.26 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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National Museum of American History
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