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Description (Brief)

This cowbell was made in the United States, around 1900 to 1910. It is made of brass and attached to a metal mounting bar.

This cowbell 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.

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Object Name
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United States
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 7 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 5 7/16 in; 18.415 cm x 10.795 cm x 13.81125 cm
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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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