IDENTIFIED US BASE DRUM WITH MINNESOTA CONNECTION

$2,000.00

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Item Code: 996-01

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Bass drum has a maple wood shell in very good condition. The wood surface shows light wear and is free of cracks and chips. It meas. approx. 19.00 inches tall by 26.50 inches across the heads.

Painted on the shell is an 8-point star that is centered on the view hole. It meas. approx. 10.00 inches tall by 10.00 inches wide. Star has a black border and a gold field at center. Hand painted around the view hole in black lettering is “CIVIL WAR” in an arch followed by “MADE BY” running straight across the base of the arch with “H. GILLETT FOR RECRUITING ” on either side of the view hole with “1861 / LAKE CITY / MINNESOTA” in three lines below it.

Both heads are old replacements. One is completely intact while the other is torn and has a broken rim. Both of the wooden hoops are painted red and are present but loose. They are held to the shell by replacement rope with six leather ears, one or two of which are original.

The inside of the drum has what looks like a strip of blanket material running around the center. Attached to this is a slightly crinkled and dirty label that reads in part “LAKE CITY FOUNDRY AND MACHINE SHOP. CASTINGS OF EVERY DESCRIPTION AND MACHINERY FOR THRESHERS & REAPERS, WAGON PLATES, SLEIGH SHOES, WINDOW WEIGHTS…   H. GILLETT PROPRIETOR.”

Harrison "Had" Gillett was the son of Culver M Gillett and Nancy A Boyle. He was born February 23, 1824.

His parents, originally from New York, were living in Bradford County, Pennsylvania when he was born, but moved back to New York a few years later. The family lived in various parts of New York, including the Syracuse area, the Oswego area, and the Buffalo area.

Harrison married Mary Laurinda Bayard in Granby, Oswego, New York. The couple lived in Granby and Richland in Oswego County, New York.

In 1856 the couple moved to the Lake City area along with Harrison's brother Horace.

The couple lived in the Lake City for the remainder of their lives.

Harrison Gillett died in Lake City, Minnesota on September 30, 1897.  [ad]

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