Fife

Fife

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description

This fife was made by an unknown maker in the United States, ca, 1860. It is a Fife in B-Flat, made of brass with nickel plate. The fingerholes are raised. According to the accession paperwork, this fife was used by the donor’s grandfather during the Civil War.

The United States National Park Service Civil War Database lists George Washington Duffield (1832-1903) as a 3rd Class Musician, Regimental Band, 1st New Jersey Volunteer Infantry mustered in July 8, 1861, and honorably mustered out August 9, 1862.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
fife
Date made
1860-1870
place made
United States
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
nickel plate (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14 13/16 in x 5/8 in; 37.62375 cm x 1.5875 cm
ID Number
MI.66.195
catalog number
66.195
accession number
263868
Credit Line
Gift of Florence Diffield Garrison
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission is temporarily unavailable while we make improvements to the site. We apologize for the interruption. If you have a question relating to the museum's collections, please first check our Collections FAQ. If you require a personal response, please use our Contact page.