The items are antique drums and noisemakers. There is a bass drum with a trap door on the exterior and a snare drum. They are made of wood. The snare has bird’s eye maple on the sides. The dimensions of the bass drum is 27” in diameter and 14” deep. The dimensions of the snare is 15” in diameter and 4” deep.
The manufacturer is “Nokes and Nicolai”. The metal label on the bass drum says: “Nokes and Nicolai-Drum, Tympani, Orchestra Bells, Xylophones, and Chimes. 3 Appleton Street, Boston, Mass.” The tag on the snare says, “Nokes and Nicolai-Boston, Mass.” One skin on the bass is torn, the other is intact. It says,”Herbert Stevens-Newtonville, Mass” on the skin that is torn. The skins on the snare are not damaged. I also have a variety of antique noisemakers…a wood block, jingle bells, cow bell,etc., as well as the sticks for the bass drum, triangle,and sheet music holder in the shape of a lyre.
Looking forward to getting your opinion! Thanks, Valerie
AW says: Note to readers, the bass drum not in the photo, but I have seen it.
That’s quite a collection. Antique drums in the US were mostly mfgd in New England, as yours were. The pieces are turn of the century. They are neat, but there is not a complete enough drum set to demand top dollar. A complete set from these era, or one close to it, would be very rare indeed. My appraisal is for the collection. I like the fact that the wood is birds-eye Maple. That should polish up nicely.
Date range: 1890-1910
Retail value: $250-$325
Wholesale value: $175-$200
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)
Quick sale value: $100
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.
Common trade terminology: Antique Drums, Nokes and Nicolai,
In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page, and to bookmark it via your favorite bookmarking service.
Care and storage tips: I don’t often recommend polish on antiques, but I like the idea of putting a lemon oil on these to give a little moisture to the wood. I would certainly treat the wood before putting new drum heads on these. I would love to hear these vintage drums with new heads! I think your best way to sell them would be to a drummer who want’s them to use and get a crazy sound out of!