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Pair of Timpani by J. R. Lafleur & Son, London, Late 19th Century
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NMM 10456 a & b. Pair of timpani by J. R. Lafleur & Son, London, late 19th century. Stamped: J. R. Lafleur & Son / Manufacturers / London. W. C. Copper bowls made from multiple pieces, fastened with tab seams, and hammered into shape. Animal skin heads tucked around flesh hoop, using iron counter-hoops to provide tension. Cable (or wire) mechanism with turnbuckle to adjust pitch, patented in 1837 by Cornelius Ward. Board of Trustees, 2003.
Maker's Signature and Tab Seam
Application of Cornelius Ward's 1837 Patent
Lit.: Jayson Dobney, "Historic Timpani at the National Music Museum," Percussive Notes 45, No. 2 (April 2007): 16.