“PENN VOLUNTEERS” PATRIOTIC DRUM

$4,750.00

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Item Code: 2022-1164

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This snare drum has beautiful period paint. Measures 16.5” in diameter, stands 11.5” tall. The body is red. “PENN VOLUNTEERS” appears in gold highlighted with blue in an arc over a spread-winged American eagle, rendered in blue, white, and brown, clutching arrows and olive branch, along with a U.S. shield, and holding a flowing ribband with “E PLURIBUS UNUM” in blue. The drum is rope tensioned, with a correct replacement rope running through holes in the rims, with flesh hoops, heads, and screw tightened snare in place. The inverted heart shaped tighteners are pierced with a star and appear original. The lower rim is red, white and blue. The upper rim is a faded reddish brown, shows wear along the top edge and likely a period replacement. The heads show soiling and use, but have no tears.

The bottom head is inscribed in brown period ink “Harrie B. Price, Jr. / W/ Jessup Leisenring / W.C. Dickson.” A quick check of the first two shows them both in Pennsylvania and born about 1888. Dickson is certainly of the same date, though the name might yield many candidates. The drum would then seem to be a Spanish American War period drum celebrating or commemorating state volunteers headed off for that conflict. Some more digging and cross-referencing might turn up a precise date and location where those three names intersect. Regardless of that the drum has wonderful paint in excellent condition, with a patriotic motif, great eye-appeal and makes a lively display.  [sr][ph:m'L]

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