Walberg & Auge Snare Drum

Walberg & Auge Snare Drum

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This snare drum was made by Walberg & Auge in Worcester, Massachusetts, around 1903-1910. It has a stained wood shell and skin heads. The hoops are made of wood and have 14 sets of metal hooks for rope which is laced through leather ears, used to tighten the hoops. The drum has a metal screw device to activate the gut snares.

There is a cast metal plate on the top hoop that is marked:

WALBERG & AUGE
W AND A
WORCESTER, MASS. USA

This drum was used by William T. Armstrong (1879-1965), orchestra leader and musician in vaudeville and silent film theaters. Armstrong grew up in South River, New Jersey and began playing drums at the age of 14. He continued his musical career through the mid-1910s, after which, Armstrong began work in banking and finance. This artifact is part of a collection of drums, sound effect instruments, and other percussion instruments used by Armstrong.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
drum
date made
1903-1910
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
ID Number
1984.0335.03
accession number
1984.0335
catalog number
1984.0335.03
Credit Line
Gift of Pamela A. Carlin and Evelyn A. Mark in memory of William T. Armstrong
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