Tuesday, October 20, 2015

William Kilbourn Drum - Label Question

Sam Cathey, a reader of this blog, writes with the following question: "I have an original Kilbourn drum with this label inside.  Generally I see a different Kilbourn label that includes a Clinton Avenue address.  Does anyone know the dates connected with the labels?"

Partial Answer: He was located at 147 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY from 1858-1863. (Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers 1785-1915).  See http://www.oshkoshmuseum.org/Virtual/exhibit3/e30232a.htm.

The Albany City Directory for the year 1877, p. 275, lists William Kilbourn, drum manufacturer at 915 Broadway.

William Kilbourn is listed as age 37, a farmer and drum manufacturer in Albany. Gazetteer and Business Directory of Albany and Schenectady Co., N.Y., for 1870-71, p. 296.  (No address given.)  That would put his date of birth at ca. 1833.

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Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/albanygroup/14376626314.


  1. I have a William Kilbourn Snare Drum I need to sell as I have two kids in College - does anyone know a Civil War Drum collector or a Museum that would be interested in it?

  2. Hello, perhaps I would. Madchops82&gmail.com


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