Field Drums (a/k/a Field of Drums)
“Build it and they will drum.” Dedicated to research, study and comparisons of field drums. Our purpose is to collect information about historical U.S. drums (manufacture, preservation, conservancy, repair, market) for use by scholars, collectors and others. Photographs of drums, and anything related, together with informative narratives, are welcome. Interested readers will find archived postings a good resource. Reach us at BlogMaster@FieldDrums.com.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Yellow & Red Liberty Snare Marching Drum Unknown Vintage Military?
This is an old drum. We're not sure how old it is, but our research indicates it may be manufactured by the liberty musical instrument company circa 1926.
Top rim is half off of the drum. It might have been reskinned at one time. should be able to be re-set. Ropes are unknown age. Might be original, but we're not sure. Leather pieces look original.
Paint shows its age with cracking and chipping But appears original.
Bottom skin and snares look and feel original.
Drum measures approx. 15'' across by 12'' tall.
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I should note that while William Bunnell is listed as a private, he is not listed as one of the musicians. The one issue I have with the information that I found on the drum is that on military archive and genealogy sites the unit is listed as being formed in October 1862, but the writing on the drum indicates August.
“This drum was bought from the collection of Alex Smith of North Haven, Conn. 1958 by Bruce Shepard West Haven, Conn.”
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Medieval Field Drums - Request for Comments
A reader emailed the below. If you can add anything to this conversation, please email us at BlogMaster@FieldDrums.com.
Dear Field Drums.com
My name is Harry and I'm a medieval reenactor in England. My period of interest is the 12th Century in England and Britain as a whole and, although I'm aware that our periods of interest don't overlap much, I have come across an image recently that piqued my interest and I'm hoping that you might be able to help me in my enquiries.
Please find attached fol 9v from the Morgan Bible, a 13th century bible currently in the Morgan collection.
As you can see in the lower right panel of the manuscript, two of the infantry depicted are carrying what appear to be frame drums.
I've done a little bit of reading into the subject and it would appear that when western knights went on crusade, they encountered Saracen armies that used Timpani to scare their horses. They then brought these drums back with them and used them during warfare, presumably for coordinating their infantry. However, the drums depicted in this panel from the Morgan Bible don't look much like Timpani to me, they look more like Tabor, the ancestor of the modern snare drum.
Basically, I was wondering if you had any knowledge or ideas either related to my search for information or where to continue looking.
P.s. the colour of the drum shells matching the colour of the drummer's helmet looks to me to be a very early version of regimental markings on drum shells, which is *so cool*.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Civil War Period Snare Drum & Drum Sticks
Civil War Period Snare Drum & Drum Sticks. Measures 11" high with a 14" diameter, maple shell and loops. Excellent hide heads and snares. Interior label reads "Made by White Brothers 86 Tremont Street Boston." Four leather tighteners are present. Matching pair of rosewood drum sticks which measure 14 7/8".
Estimate: $700 - up.
Heritage Auctions, Lot 47418, Dec. 12, 2015.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Spirit of '76 Figure
Polychromed white metal mounted on a drum base figure 35" high, overall 42" high late 19th century CONDITION REPORT: original surface with some flaking rubs and blistering, paint approximately 90%.
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Saturday, November 7, 2015
Really Old School Drum Corps History
"The roots of the drum corps activity in North America can be traced back to before the American Revolution."
Episode 12: Old School