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Military side drum

Military side drum with emblazoned brass shell and wooden counterhoops. Rope-tensioning. Heads are missing and counterhoops are disassembled. J-hook screw style snare strainer. Snares missing. Associated with the 4th Battalion Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) and the Battle of Mons (1914). The drum was lost at Mons, recovered by a Canadian officer, and returned to the regiment in 1918.

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  • Decorative elements:Heraldic emblazonment with Royal Coat of Arms (extreme flaking painting).
  • Inscriptions:Stamped on shell: HENRY POTTER & CO. / 30 Charing Cross (courier script) / LONDON / 1809 / [broad arrow]|Stamped on shell: RENOVATED / & / HERALDRY BY / GEORGE POTTER & Co. / ALDERSHOT
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:211.212.11 Individual double-skin cylindrical drums, one skin used for playing
  • Repository:National Army Museum
  • Measurements:Height: 330mm; Diameter: 380mm