CIVIL WAR PATTERN 1851 DRUM STICK CARRIAGE

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Item Code: 766-1922

This would go well with a Civil War drum or collection of Civil War music related pieces. This plate is shown in the 1851 regulations and was used throughout the war. The body is a sheet of rolled brass, rectangular in shape with clipped corners. Two lathe-turned brass tubes with raised bands are rivetted to the face of the plate to carry the drumsticks when not in use and a long piece of iron wire bent to form three hooks is soldered to the back for attachment to a web drum sling. The plate is in excellent condition, with no bends and the tubes and wire firmly in place. It has an untouched color, not polished up, just showing some darkening to the patina and age stains. O’Donnell and Campbell illustrate this as Plate 801 in American Military Belt Plates. Infantry companies were allotted a drummer and fifer throughout the war and even after the abolition of bands at the regimental level in late 1862 the company musicians were retained and functioned as regimental drum corps under leadership of a Principal Musician or Drum Major.  [sr] [ph:L]

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