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Checklist of Snare Drums Made by the
Leedy Manufacturing Company

(in chronological order)


Cover of 1916 Leedy Catalog

NMM 1056. Snare drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1911. Oval, brass badge: Leedy Mfg. Co. / INDIANAPOLIS, IND. Stamped inside shell in ink: MADE BY LEEDY MFG. CO. INDPLS IND. Maple shell with maple veneer, natural finish, 254mm (10") x 432mm (17"). Single tension. Eleven thumb-rod lugs (three missing). Maple rims. Stamped on Utility model strainer: LEEDY MFG CO. / PAT. DEC. 12 11. 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. 163-164.


NMM 227. Snare drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1912-1929. Stamped on batter-head rim: LEEDY / UTILITY MODEL. Utility model. One-piece, stainless steel shell with center bead, 152mm (6") x 368mm (14-1/2"). Separate (double) tension. Six tube lugs with clips. Flat steel rims (hoops). Utility model 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. 173-174.


NMM 10821. Snare drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1912-1929. Stamped on batter-head rim: Leedy / UTILITY MODEL. Utility model. One-piece metal shell with center bead, 152mm (6") x 356mm (14"). Separate (double) tension. Originally six tube lugs with clips (three rods missing). Flat metal rims (hoops). Utility model strainer. Gift of Brian & Stephanie Fischer, Dover, New Hampshire, 2005.


NMM 3012. Snare drum (shell) by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, ca. 1912-1950. Label inside shell: LION BRAND. Wood shell, 76mm (3) x 380mm (15). Flat wood rims. Arne B. Larson Colleciton, 1979.


NMM 804. Snare drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1915.

NMM 804. Snare drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1915. Oval, brass badge: Leedy Mfg. Co. / INDIANAPOLIS, IND. Walnut shell, natural finish, 178mm (7") x 420mm (16-1/2"). Single tension. Fourteen thumb-rod screw lugs. Maple rims. Later military 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. 165-166.


NMM 2968. Snare drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1916.

NMM 2968. Snare drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1916. Branded inside shell: MADE BY LEEDY MFG CO INDPLS IND. Number 5433 stamped inside shell. Band Drum model No. 178B. Wood shell, natural finish, 203mm (8") x 406mm(16"). Single tension. Fourteen thumb-rod lugs. Wood rims. Stamped on Utility Model Strainer: LEEDY MFG CO / PAT DEC 12 11. 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. 166-167.


NMM 2975. Snare drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1920-1924. Multi model. One-piece metal shell, 102mm (4") x 330mm (13"). Separate (double) tension. Eight, two hole semi-self aligning lugs with clips. Double-flanged metal rims (hoops). Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 3014. Snare drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1925. Sold by Wurlitzer, Cincinnati and Chicago. Stamped on rim: WURLITZER / CINCINNATI CHICAGO. All-Metal Separate-Tension Drum, Wurlitzer Special No. 1435. Metal shell with center bead, 152mm (6-3/8") x 368mm (14-1/2"). Separate (double) tension. Six two-post lugs with clips. Flat metal hoops (rims). Utility model strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 4070. Parade drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1925-1929.

NMM 4070. Parade drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1925-1929. Stamped on batter head rim: Leedy / INDIANAPOLIS IND. Wood shell, natural finish, 330mm (13") x 381 mm (15"). Separate (double) tension. Eight, two hole semi-self aligning lugs with clips. Double-flanged metal rims (hoops). Presto strainer. Gift of James Garrick, Hillsborough, California, 1986.


NMM 2971. Snare drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, ca. 1926. Stamped on batter head rim: Leedy / INDIANAPOLIS IND. Floating Head, Marine Pearl Drum. Wood shell, marine pearl decoration, 152mm (6") x 368mm (14-1/2"). Separate (double) tension. Eight, four hole semi-self aligning lugs with screw head rods. Single-flanged rims (hoops) decorated with scroll pattern. Speedway strainer. "Nobby," gold-finished hardware. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2499. Snare drum attributed to Leedy Manufacturing Company, Indianapolis, before 1929. Letter "L" stamped on one lug and the strainer. Maple shell, natural finish, 114mm (4-1/2") x 343mm (13-1/2"). Single tension. Three thumb-rod screws remain. Wood rims. Thumb-rod screw strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2998. Snare drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Elkhart, ca. 1930-1940. Paper label: Leedy. School Street Drum No. 3185. Wood shell, red lacquer, 206mm (8-1/2") x 317mm (12-1/2"). Single tension. Six thumb-rod screw lugs. Wood rims. Military strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2991. Parade drum by Leedy Manufacturing Company, Elkhart, 1937. Rectangular, brass badge: Leedy / ELKHART. IND. U.S.A. Battallion Street Drum #3202. Mahogany shell, natural finish, 305mm (12") x 406mm (16"). Separate (double) tension. Eight, separate tension self-aligning lugs with center supports. Maple rims. Military strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

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