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3D Object DCM 0001: Edward Hopkins, Jr. / Fife (Fragment)

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  • DCM 0001: Edward Hopkins, Jr. / Fife (Fragment)


  • Edward Hopkins, Jr.

Created / Published

  • Troy, New York, ca. 1860.


  • Physical Objects


  • -  DCM ledger: "Army Fife...formerly had a lead mouthpiece fitted on; the blow-pipe has been cut away, leaving the lead ring around body. Also had a silver ferrule with inscription, now lost. This fife was used in a Fife and Drum Corps in the war of 1861 by ? and by my father C.W.D. Miller in the 'Squirrel Hunters.' This fife was in the 'Shaker' basket of babyhood playthings, the earliest of my remembrances. It was then whole. But is was 'banged around' on the floor baby-fashion, and was used, as I grew, as a general stick and plaything, and was broken in my childhood. It was broken before I really began to play music. The first tunes were learned on a later tin fife. Among my childhood playthings were also an old boxwood clarinet with flat brass keys, ivory rings, and a violin, which had belonged to my grandfather Miller. These disappeared in boy-hood days. With the fife, clarinet, and violin, from baby-hood on, I became familiar with three distinct types of instruments. I made trials upon all, and used them for boyhood 'circus parades', etc."
  • -  Instrument type: Fife (Fragment)
  • -  Medium: Cocus, nickel silver end ferrule, pewter mouthpiece (portion).; 38.65 cm.
  • -  Mark Maximum: HOPKINS / TROY
  • -  Condition: Lower half cracked away and missing at 2nd fingerhole; remaining portion cracked in 5 places. For added mouthpiece condition, see DCM comment in Notes.


  • nonprojected graphic
  • photonegative


  • 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in.


  • DLC Music Division, Library of Congress

Access Condition

Online Format

  • image

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Edward Hopkins, Jr. DCM: Edward Hopkins, Jr. / Fife Fragment. Troy, New York, 1860. Image.

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