Painted Eagle Drum - Inventory Number: MUS 132
Manufactured by John Ashton & Co., Boston, MA
15 1/2 in. height, 16 in. diameter painted maple drum with hoops and rims painted red (some warping to shell, occasional light loss to paint, general surface wear associated with field use), both original drumheads intact (significant tear/loss to lower head), original rope fasteners (some areas with wear or beginning to unravel), 6 original leather tighteners (some losses, stiff leather), bone vent hole. Interior original paper label reads: "John Ashton & Co. / Music, Umbrella, Parasol, and Cane Store, / No. 197, Washington Street, / Near the Old South Church, / Boston." With an extensive list of their offerings of musical instruments and other wares. Painted with a spread-wing American Eagle with a Federal shield and a riband reading "E / Pluribus / Unum" against a sky-blue field.