Deagan Roundtop Orchestra Bells

Deagan Roundtop Orchestra Bells

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This glockenspiel was made by J. C. Deagan, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, around 1919-1921. It is a Deagan Roundtop Orchestra Bells, serial #27028, model #1229, with tuned metal bars with a compass of g1-c4. It is accessioned with the original case and 7 mallets. This glockenspiel by Deagan was considered to be the top of the line model and sold for $65.00.

John Calhoun Deagan (1853-1934), a first generation American of Irish descent, was a musician, inventor, and musical instrument manufacturer. He began making musical instruments in 1898 in St. Louis, Missouri. By 1913, his firm was incorporated in Chicago as J.C. Deagan Bells, Inc., and three years later would become J.C. Deagan, Inc.

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Object Name
date made
J. C. Deagan, Inc.
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Bequest of Edith R. Meggers
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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