Civil War Eagle Snare Drum of the 78th New York Infantry, 1st Regiment Eagle Brigade, Cameron Highlanders....
"Civil War Eagle Snare Drum of the 78th New York Infantry, 1st
Regiment Eagle Brigade, Cameron Highlanders. The regiment left
for the "seat of war" in April 1862, and was engaged at Antietam,
Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and, later, through heavy fighting
in Georgia, being consolidated with the 112th New York in July
1864. The drum is 10" high with a 17" diameter, doubtless being
slightly shortened during the period of use, which is not uncommon
with the diminutive size of many drummers. Both heads intact,
retaining most of the original rope, now broken, and one of the
original tighteners, only remnants of the label remain. Brass tack
decoration around the air hole, classic painted eagle decoration
with the number 78 deeply carved preceding Reg. Original red
painted hoops. The drum is in as found/ untouched condition, having
surfaced a number of years ago with other artifacts related to this
and other New York state regiments. The drum retains about 80% of
the original paint decoration, with no imminent signs of further
deterioration. Hoops retain 95% of the original red paint with
demonstrable wear from the ropes. The drum is accompanied by the
original fine condition sticks, with artificially grained
decoration, the first example we've seen and the original cloth
storage bag, black cotton with gray silk lining, a few holes, but
very good and sound."
FieldDrums.com Blogmaster's Note: Probably cut-down based on three reasons (the 10" height; the emblazonment is cut-off top and bottom; the tack pattern appears also to have been cut off at the top and the bottom of the shell).
Sold at auction by Heritage Auctions for $4,310.37 (including buyer's premium) on 12/12/2009.