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This tambourine was made by an unknown maker in the United States, from 1878 to 1882, and sold by the J. Howard Foote Company in New York and Chicago. It has a metal covered wood hoop, 6 sets of brass jingles, and a calf-skin head attached with brass tacks.

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. This item was sold as a tambourine (#7231½).

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Object Name
date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
calf-skin (overall material)
overall: 1 7/8 in x 12 in; 4.7625 cm x 30.48 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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