Sunday, March 7, 2010

An 1864 A. Rogers Civil War Field Drum (and a Repro)

Looks like eBay buyer j***8( 655) (well-known to CW enthusiasts, drummers and drum collectors) sniped in at the last second (actually the last 5 seconds) to snatch this beauty for only $5,850.00 a mere 5 seconds before bidding closed. (Note: see EZSniper and you can do that too, assuming you have the financial wherewithall to actually pay the winning amount.) Congratulations Jim.


eBay seller esoldauctions ( 10421) posted this beauty as eBay item no. 400105283043, described as follows:

1864 A. Rogers Civil War Field Drum w/ Eagle WOW!

This drum measures 16 1/2" round from across outer ring and about 14" high (this dimension is difficult to determine, because the bottom ring has seperated from the drum and I am not going to force it back into place) The drum is handpainted and says "U.S REGt Infantry" The skins are totaly shot, and the tension ropes are gone. You get what you see. I am including a picture of a restored drum that looks just like this should. More info on this drum can be found by Googling "Rogers Field Drum Civil War"

The Sticks appear to from the same era, but they are different from each other. One measures 17", the other 16 1/4". The inside label is fully intact and in great shape. The wood on this drum is not brittle at all and looks to be a great restoration candidate!

Label says "Manufactured by A. Rogers Flushing L.I."

This belonged to the 60 year old owners Mom before she passed away. He said it was in the house, in this condition, as long as he can remember. Unfortunately no other information is known about this fine piece of U.S. History.


The drum received a lot of attention (29 bids) and sold for $5,850.00. I spoke with the seller (who was really an eBay consignment store). He told me that the owner found it in his house and was considering junking it. Neither of them had any idea what it was worth. The bidding on eBay shocked them.

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And here's a pretty good-looking reproduction offered by johnc7253 ( 13) as eBay item no. 170454638557 and described as follows: "Like new condition, Rope Tension Drum. New synthetic heads, nice brass work, leather strap, custom set of sticks. Hand painted Pennsylvania regimental insignia." This one has a buy-it-now price of $750.

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