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Bass drum

This bass drum was once used by the Foxdale Miners' Prize Band. A 1904 register of band members shows the bass drummer to be an F. Crellin, so he may well have played this instrument. The drum is decorated with the royal coat of arms, beneath scroll inscribed 'Foxdale Miners' Prize Band', surrounding the three legs of Mann. Brass bands were tremendously popular in the late 19th century. Many industrial areas had one, and they were a source of great pride and a focus for local identity. Foxdale Band won prizes at the Douglas band contest of 1896, and also played regularly in Peel for tourists.

  • Measurements:overall: 50 x 82 cm