This duck quack was made by Fred A. Allen in Monmouth, Illinois, around 1900 to 1910. It is made of wood with a metal mouthpiece.
This duck quack 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.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- duck quack
- date made
- place made
- United States: Illinois, Monmouth
- Physical Description
- wood (overall material)
- metal (overall material)
- overall: 6 7/16 in x 1 1/2 in; 16.35125 cm x 3.81 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- Gift of Pamela A. Carlin and Evelyn A. Mark in memory of William T. Armstrong
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- Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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