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Object Name: Bass drum
Date: 1836
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Medium: Wood, hide, rope, leather, metal, paint
Dimensions: Overall: 21 1/4 x 34 in. ( 54 x 86.4 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Pittsfield
Description: Bass drum with red painted wooden cylinder and drumheads made of animal hide; yellow painted wooden rims pierced with holes for rope lacing, which is reinforced with metal bands with leather tabs; cylinder painted with figures (said to be members of Dodworth Band in Antebellum uniform) oriented vertically with respect to rims, with banner surmounted by shield above, and inscriptions, "DODWORTH'S" and "CORNET BAND."
Credit Line: Gift of the Chicago Historical Society
Object Number: 1950.271
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Marks: painted in black: on original drumhead: "DODWORTH, NEW YORK" painted: on cylinder: "DODWORTH'S / CORNET BAND"

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According to information supplied by the donor, this drum was used for over 50 years by the Dodworth Band, which was established in 1825 by his father, Harvey B. Dodworth (1790-1876). According to the donor's affidavit, the drum was carried on the battlefield at Bull Run and struck twice by Confederate bullets, used in Ford's Theater the night of Lincoln's assassination, and in funeral ceremonies afterward. Further details of its history are recorded in the accession records.