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Checklist of The William F. Ludwig II Drum Collection

(in chronological order)


Bettie Ludwig poses with her brother William F. Ludwig's first drum, now preserved at the National Music Museum.

Bettie Ludwig poses with her brother William F. Ludwig's first drum (NMM 10146)


Makers

Brown, Eli
Ent, William
Hoskins, A. M.
Ludwig & Ludwig: 1917, 1920
Lyon & Healy
Pepper, J. W.
Potter and Company, Henry
Thompson and Odell
Tompkins, W. S.
Treat, J. B.
WFL Drum Co.
White Brothers
Wilson Brothers Manufacturing Co.



NMM 10039. Side drum by Eli Brown & Son, Bloomfield, Connecticut, 1841. Printed on paper label inside drum shell, visible through vent hole: ELI BROWN & SON. / DRUM MANUFACTURERS, / HAVE CONSTANTLY FOR SALE / BASS AND SNARE DRUMS / MADE IN THE NEATEST AND BEST MANNER / Bloomfield, Conn. 1841. Maple shell, natural finish, 495mm (19-1/2") x 471mm (18-1/2"). Ten leather tugs. Wood rims painted red, each with ten drilled holes through which the rope passes. Brass snare adjuster. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2001.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, "Museum Enhances its Percussion Collections with Rare Instruments That Document the American Percussion Industry," America's Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 1 (February 2002), pp. 4-5.

-------, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 105-107.


NMM 10040. Side drum by William Ent, Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, ca. 1850. Printed on paper label inside drum shell: Drums, Fifes, / REGIMENTAL COLOURS, / TAMBORINES, & C. / MADE AND REPAIRED BY / WILLIAM ENT, / GERMANTOWN, / Philadelphia County, Pa. Ash shell, natural finish, 422mm (16-1/2") x 414mm (16-5/16"). Nine leather tugs (one missing). Wood rims painted red, each with nine drilled holes through which the rope passes. Shell-shaped brass snare adjuster. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2001.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, "Museum Enhances its Percussion Collections with Rare Instruments That Document the American Percussion Industry," America's Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 1 (February 2002), pp. 4-5.

-------, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 108-109.


NMM 10042. Side drum, France, ca. 1850-1900. Stamped on the strainer: ΔH / 290. Brass shell, 283mm (11-1/8") x 404mm (15-7/8"). Nine leather tugs. Wood rims painted with yellow, orange, and black triangles, with nine drilled holes through which the rope passes. Brass snare adjuster. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2001.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, "Museum Enhances its Percussion Collections with Rare Instruments That Document the American Percussion Industry," America's Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 1 (February 2002), pp. 4-5.

-------, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 94-95.


NMM 10041. Side drum by White Brothers, Boston, ca. 1856-1865. Printed on paper label inside drum, visible through vent hole: MADE BY / White Brothers, / 86 TREMONT STREET, BOSTON. Brass shell, 356mm (14") x 414mm (16-1/4"). Eight leather tugs. Wood rims painted dark brown, each with eight holes through which the rope passes. Brass snare adjuster attached to the snare rim. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2001.

Lit:  Jayson Dobney, "Museum Enhances its Percussion Collections with Rare Instruments That Document the American Percussion Industry," America's Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 1 (February 2002), pp. 4-5.

-------, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 110-111.


NMM 10141.  Side drum by W. S. Tompkins, 
Yonkers, New York, 1860

NMM 10141. Side drum by W. S. Tompkins, Yonkers, New York, 1860. Handwritten inside shell: Wm S. Tompkins / Maker / Yonkers NY / July 31 1860 / No 2190. Engraved on a silver-plated shield: Presented to / Tm. J. Hellrigle / by S. Cieighead D. Iddings / And others of the City of / Dayton Ohio / August 20. 1860. Ornately inlaid mahogany shell, 400mm (15-3/4") x 430mm (17"), featuring a field of stars in concentric circles around a large central star. Ten leather tugs cut in the shape of shields, each with the initials T. J. H. engraved on a small silver-plated shield on the tug. Maple rims with inlaid multi-colored wood. Metal bands around the top edge of each rim. Ten metal hooks through which the rope passes. Brass snare adjuster mounted on snare rim. 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. 120-121.

Jayson Dobney, "A Colorful Drum for a Colorful Drummer," North South Trader's Civil War 30, No. 5 (2004), pp. 56-60.


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. 127-129.


NMM 10143. Snare drum by J. W. Pepper, Philadelphia, ca. 1900. Maple shell, rosewood veneer, natural finish, 203mm (7-7/8") x 415mm (16"). Separate (double) tension. 1892 patented wire tension by A. G. Soistmann and J. W. Pepper. Maple rims with mahogany veneer, nickel plated decorative strip around center of outside. Shell-shaped snare adjuster stamped: PAT. 1.23.1900. 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. 135-136.


NMM 10045.  Snare drum by J. B. Treat for Thompson and 
Odell, Boston, 1905

NMM 10045. Snare drum by J. B. Treat for Thompson and Odell, Boston, 1905. Paper label affixed inside shell, visible through vent hole: THE CELEBRATED / "ARTIST DRUM." / MADE BY / J.B. TREAT., followed by a long advertisement by Thompson and Odell, dated November 1905. Wood shell with natural finish, 225 mm (8-7/8") x 421mm (16-9/16"). Twelve leather tugs. Wood rims with the outside edge painted black, with twelve metal hooks through which the rope passes. Brass snare adjuster. Ex coll.: Armand Zildjian. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2001.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 140-142.


NMM 10043.  Side drum, Belgium, ca. 1850-1900

NMM 10043. Side drum, Belgium, ca. 1850-1900. Brass shell, 274mm (10-3/4") x 398mm (15-11/16"). Eleven leather tugs. Wood rims painted navy blue, each with eleven holes through which the rope passes. Brass snare adjuster. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2001.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 98-99.


NMM 10144.  Snare drum by A. M. Hoskins, Minneapolis, ca. 1913.

NMM 10144. Snare drum by A. M. Hoskins, Minneapolis, ca. 1913. Oval, brass badge, brass lettering on black enamel, stamped: A.M. HOSKINS / DIFFERENTIAL TENSION RODS / PAT. NOV. 6, 1913 / MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. Mahogany shell with natural stain, no varnish, 145mm (6") x 360mm (14"). Separate (double) tension. Ten pairs of thumb-rod screws protrude through the snare head rim. The patented tension device allows the heads to be adjusted individually or together. Wood rims, each with five layers of different colored wood in concentric circles. Iron snare adjuster. 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. 161-162.


NMM 10145.  Parade drum by Ludwig & Ludwig, 
Chicago, ca. 1917

NMM 10145. Parade drum by Ludwig & Ludwig, Chicago, ca. 1917. Stamped on washers around lug support posts: CHICAGO / LUDWIG & LUDWIG. Mahogany shell, 310mm (12-1/4") x 435mm (17-1/4"), natural finish. Combination rope and rod tension. Six thumb-rod screws below the snare head rim adjust the tension on the rope. Maple rims with roller hooks, six on the snare head rim and twelve on the batter head rim, through which the rope passes. Military strainer. 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. 178-179.


Bettie Ludwig plays snare drum by Ludwig & Ludwig, Chicago, ca. 1920.

NMM 10146. Snare drum by Ludwig & Ludwig, Chicago, ca. 1920. Stamped below vent hole: Ludwig. Metal shell, 95mm (3-3/4") x 305mm (12"). Single tension. Five thumb-rod screws. Wood rims, painted black with small metal bands that circle the center of the rims. Nickel-plated snare adjuster on snare head rim. First drum used by William F. Ludwig II. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2002.

Lit.: William F. Ludwig II, The Making of a Drum Company: The Autobiography of William F. Ludwig II. Alma, Michigan: Rebeats Publications, 2001, p. 5.

Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 192-194.


NMM 10044.  Side drum by Wilson Brothers, Chicago, ca. 1925

NMM 10044. Side drum by Wilson Brothers Manufacturing Company, Chicago, ca. 1925. Paper label affixed inside shell, visible through vent hole: MANUFACTURED BY / Wilson Bros. Mfg. Company / CHICAGO. Metal shell, 363mm (14-1/4") x 394mm (15-1/2"). Ten leather tugs. Wood rims painted red, with holes through which the rope passes. Brass snare adjuster. Gift of William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2001.


NMM 10147.  Parade drum by WFL Drum Co., Chicago, ca. 1942.

NMM 10147. Parade drum by WFL Drum Co., Chicago, ca. 1942. Keystone, brass badge: WFL / DRUM CO. / WM F LUDWIG FOUNDER (stamped in circle around air hole) / 1728 N. DAMEN AVE / CHICAGO, U.S.A. Mahogany shell, maroon finish, 310mm (12") x 370mm (14-1/2"). Patented Strupe internal tension. Wood rims with bands of marine pearl finish decorating the outside. Metal screw strainer in wood brace. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2002.


NMM  10046.  Side drum by Henry Potter and Company, London, 1952-1960.  Self-adhesive plastic label running vertically along drum painting:  HENRY Potter & CO. (DRUMS) LTD., 36/38 West St., Charing X Rd., LONDON.  Brass Shell, highly decorative shell painting, bearing the coat of arms of the Brigade of Guards.  365mm (14-3/8") x 367mm (14-7/16").  Rope Tension.  Ten leather tugs.  Wood rims painted with red, white, and blue rings.  Ten holes in each rim through which the rope passes.  Three metal clips on batter rim protrude three-quarters of an inch above the rim, also painted red, white, and blue.  Brass snare adjuster.  William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2001.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, "Museum Enhances its Percussion Collections with Rare Instruments That Document the American Percussion Industry," America's Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 1 (February 2002), pp. 4-5.

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