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After I Googled myself blind without definitively dating these flea market treasures, a nice Etsy seller helped out. He says they are likely 1920s or 1930s vintage instruments. They were very popular among dance band and jazz band drummers at the time, since the major drum companies weren't making tom-toms. They are two drums, one 8'' and the other 9 1/2'' diameter. Each has two hand-painted rawhide faces. One side on each has a dragon and the other a rooster, all so highly stylized they're difficult to recognize. The leather is stretched on wood circles. The small drum has what appear to be hand-made iron tacks that are irregular shapes, vary in size and have an odd pointy peak. These tacks and the condition of the leather definitely look antique -- a NO 83 appears in the stamped marks on the small drum along with CANTONTAISUNST and KOSING. Canton would more likely be called Guangdong or Guanzhou in more recent decades. The large drum has a MADE IN CHINA mark plus some Chinese characters. That "Made In China" mark was used from 1914 to 1949 (which matches the 1920-1930 era the Etsy seller says). It also was used again after 1978 but that's unlikely to be the date because of the "Canton". Also, they simply look antique! The larger drum has more damage to its paint on the rooster side and on the red wood circle. It's possible they're different ages but I fouind them together. They both make a nice sound. If you don't need musical instruments they make an interesting bit of home decor.

Two Vintage Painted Drums - Canton China - Wood & Leather -Dragon, Rooster


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: wood, leather
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