Aut Vincere Aut Mori -- Do or Die Motto on Boston Drum
There is a better photo of the John Robbins drum discussed at "John Robbins' Bunker Hill Drum at Old State House, Boston", this blog, March 20, 2009. The photo is on flikr:
That photo shows the drum's painted emblazonment which is reminiscent of the work of American landscape artist Charles Hubbard (ca. 1834) whose work is discussed on several other drums (at least one by H. Prentiss of Boston) discussed in these blog postings:
William H. Guthman's Incredible Drum Collection, January 7, 2009;
Rope Drums in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, February 29, 2009; and
Historic Drum of the First Corps of Cadets, Massachusetts, March 19, 2008.
Aut Vincere Aut Mori (Latin: "either to conquer or to die"). Also, a traditional macabre motto: "do or die".