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Annotated Checklist of Snare Drums
Made by Lyon & Healy

(in chronological order)


NMM 3018. Snare drum by Lyon & Healy, Chicago, ca. 1890. Paper label inside shell: Lyon & Healy / MANUFACTURERS / Factories, Union Park / Warerooms, Wabash Ave. and Adams Street / CHICAGO. Regulation Pattern Snare Drum. Maple rim, natural finish, 205mm (8") x 405mm (16"). Twelve leather tugs. Wood rims, each with twelve metal hooks through which the rope passes. Snare adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 124-125.


NMM 229. Snare drum attributed to Lyon & Healy, Chicago, ca. 1890. Patent rod snare drum model. Nickel-plated brass shell with five beads, 199mm (7-7/8") x 409mm (16"). Single tension. Eight, nickel-plated patent rods with center tightener. Wood rims with metal top bands. Long shell strainer (adjuster). Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 125-126.


NMM 10142. Snare drum by Lyon & Healy, 
Chicago, ca. 1893

NMM 10142. Snare drum by Lyon & Healy, Chicago, ca. 1893. Ornately inlaid rosewood shell, 243mm (9-1/2") x 410mm (16-1/4"), utilizing seven different colors of wood. The large decoration features a natural horn, natural trumpet, and open musical score in the middle of a floral design which is inset on a darker section of wood. Ten leather tugs. Maple rims inlaid with a decorative pattern of interlocking lines in three colors of wood. Ten metal hooks through which the rope passes. Military strainer. According to William F. Ludwig, this drum was exhibited at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2002.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 127-128.


NMM 2972. Snare drum by Lyon & Healy, Chicago, 1894-1906. Paper label inside drum: Lyon & Healy / MANUFACTURERS / Factories, Union Park. / Warerooms, Wabash Ave. and Adams St. / Chicago / D-3826. Maple shell with walnut veneer, 162mm (6-5/8") x 411mm (16-1/8"). Single tension. Eight, nickel-plated patent rod and hooks with center-adjusting nut, No. N48. Wood rims with metal band on edge. Nickel-plated, long-pattern, brass-shell strainer, No. N8. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 129-130.


NMM 2876. Prussian drum attributed to Lyon & Healy, Chicago, ca. 1900. Prussian model. Rosewood shell with eagle decal decoration, 201 mm (7-15/16") x 424 mm (16-5/8"). Single tension. Eight sturdy metal rods. Ash rims with painted scroll pattern. Snare-adjuster shell strainer. Arne B. Larson, Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 131-132.


NMM 3010. Snare drum by Lyon & Healy, Chicago, ca. 1905. Paper label inside drum: Lyon & Healy / Factories, Healy Station / Warerooms, Wabash Ave. and Adams St. / CHICAGO. Maple shell with walnut veneer, 132mm (5-1/8") x 403mm (15-7/8"). Single tension. Fourteen, thumb-rod screw lugs (four replacements). Maple rims with walnut veneer. Long screw snare strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 143-145.


NMM 3000.  Side drum by Lyon & Healy, 
Chicago, ca. 1906-1930

NMM 3000. Side drum by Lyon & Healy, Chicago, ca. 1906-1930. Paper label inside drum: Lyon & Healy / Factories, Healy Station / Warerooms, Wabash Ave. and Adams St. / CHICAGO. The Monarch No. N56. Maple shell, natural finish, decorative eight-point star inlaid around the vent hole, 310mm (12") x 451mm (17-3/4"). Twelve leather tugs. Wood rims, each with twelve, metal roller-hooks through which the rope passes. Long snare strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 159-160.


NMM 2978. Snare drum by Lyon & Healy, Chicago, ca. 1910. Partial paper label inside drum: Lyon & Healy / Factories, Healy S. / Warerooms, Wabash Ave. and Adams St. / CHICA. Maple shell, with birdseye-maple veneer, 106mm (4-1/8") x 376mm (14-3/4"). Single tension. Nine thumb-rod screw lugs. Maple rims. Long screw snare strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 150-151.


NMM 2976. Parade drum by Lyon & Healy, Chicago, ca. 1915. Paper label inside drum: Lyon & Healy / Factories, Healy Station / Warerooms, Wabash Ave. and Adams St. / CHICAGO. Nickel-plated brass shell, fastened with three rivets, 142mm (5-1/2") x 401mm (15-3/4"). Single tension. Four, square-top, single-clasp lugs (remain). Maple rims with 1/2" strip of nickel-plated brass bands inlaid around center. Military-style snare adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 168-169.


NMM 2977. Parade drum by Lyon & Healy, Chicago, ca. 1920. Paper label inside drum: Est. 1864 / Lyon & Healy / Factories: Healy Station / Warerooms: Wabash Ave. at Jackson / CHICAGO / L62305 3-20. Painted in gold letters on shell: Boy Scout. Boy Scout model. Wood shell, maroon finish, 289mm (11-3/8") x 346mm (13-5/8"). Seven leather tugs. Wood rims, each with seven hooks through which the rope passes. Shell-shaped snare adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 181-183.

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