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Tuned Bell Set

Tuned Bell Set

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Description

This tuned bell set was made in the United States, around 1900 to 1910. The four bells are made of metal and attached to a wood block. There are two clamps that fit into holes in the bottom of the block for attaching to a drum.

This tuned bell set 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
bell set
date made
1900-1910
place made
United States
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/4 in x 6 in x 6 1/16 in; 5.715 cm x 15.24 cm x 15.39875 cm
ID Number
1984.0335.48
catalog number
1984.0335.48
accession number
1984.0335
Credit Line
Gift of Pamela A. Carlin and Evelyn A. Mark in memory of William T. Armstrong
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National Museum of American History
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