Description: Birdseye maple drum with sheepskin head. Also included is the drum cover with rim / frame (two pieces). Depicted on the sides of the drum: Scenes from the Civil War.
Description: Historical Note: This drum used to be in the Governor's mansion since 1943, a gift from Miss Ima Hogg during the Stevenson administration. She purchased it from W.J. Sloane in New York, for $142.40. It was brought to the mansion as a coffee table with legs, a glass top and a portion of the side drum cut open for some reason. According to Ms. Hogg's notes, it was used during the civil war and hand painted shortly after the Battle of Shiloh. Supposedly, scenes of that battle appear around the drum, depicting the progression of the battle. However there is some doubt about the authenticity of the item as well as its historic value. Miss Hogg thought it to be an attractive tea table to be used in the morning room, or green room, adjacent to the dining room. Source: Inventory of Furnishings of Historic Interest in the Governor's Mansion, 1962, page 93.
Citation information: ATF0373, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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Size or duration: drum: 29 in x 19 in x 29 in; diameter of the drum cover and rim: 30 in