Saturday, February 14, 2009

Described as "Spanish Napoleonic Era Military Drum, ca. 1800"

Will Chappel, a contributor to this Blog, wrote to note eBay item no. 370128260245 described by seller rensword( 36) as follows:

Wood body painted a rich blue-green, with deep red floral decoration; the wooden head retaining bands and a central wood band also painted red. Old hemp tensioning ropes with leather tightening straps. Retains both original drum heads, marked with period ink design and writing (obscure). Leather strap for attaching the sling, mounted with a period brass button bearing a crown over "CARABINEROS". The drum appears to be totally untouched and original and likely dates to the time of the Napoleonic Wars or slightly earlier. Original paint, showing some fading and flaking. Very rare to find such an early drum in this untouched condition- possibly one-of-a-kind. Recently found in Switzerland. During the Peninsular War there were several Swiss companies in the service of the Spanish Carabineros.

We will be checking details here and reporting soon.

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