Saturday, September 6, 2008

Small European Drum with Capped Sticks


The snare mechanism on this drum is decidedly European (possibly French or Swiss) and bears initials which appear to be "B.H."

Sold recently on eBay (item no. 350082700013) to standeasy( 570) for $250 by americancolonial( 3089) who described the drum as follows:

In this lot I have to offer a very rare to find civil war period wood snare drum. These drums are very rare to find today. This one will not disappoint. The drum is well made though I think would not be considered a high end period drum in its day. The sticks are short and appear to have been cut down from their normally long size. The skins are in excellant condition and not cracked or torn. The snare is missing as you can see in the photos. That is not a surprise as the drummers were for the most part very young men. The drum measures 9 1/4 inches in height and 12 inches in diameter. It shows good use and age.

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