Monday, October 31, 2011

CW Field Drum by E. Hopkins, Troy, NY

Very Nice Civil War Snare Drum With Interesting History 16 3/4" diameter, 15" high. Oak body with ivory air hole and nicely decorated with brass tacks. Black painted hoops. The drum is overall in excellent condition with nice untouched patina. Both heads are original and perfect. The ropes, while clearly quite old, are likely slightly later replacements, while the nicely decorated leather tighteners are period, all present, one torn, else all in excellent condition. Written in brown ink at two places on the bottom head, which retains the original snares, is the name "Albert Bates" with one of the names accompanied by "Weston". There is also a name applied in ink with a very small stencil to the top head. There is no interior lable. The drum is accompanied by a 5 3/8" X 6 5/8" heavy oil cloth covered music book with original orange paper lable on the inside cover, "Manufactured / By / E. Hopkins / 244 / River Street, Troy, N. Y." The book is printed with blank staffs which are then filled in with ink script drum beats to accompany identified pieces of music such as "Gen. Grant's Quick Step, Red, White and Blue, Funeral March" etc. An old shipping tag is also attached to the drum with "FROM Lester Farnum / Manchester Depot, Vt. TO Lester Farnum 245 Cottage St., So., Salem, Oregon." Very nice Civil War drum with a potentially very interesting history. Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800. Sold for $2,390.00 Nov. 12, 2011.





Source: Heritage Auctions
http://historical.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=6074&lotNo=52100
Lot no. 52100

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