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Military side drum

Military side drum with emblazoned, and silver-plated brass shell with wooden counterhoops, 14-inch skin heads, and rope-tensioned with British style white leather braces (round edge, white, with vellum lace), and drag rope. The counterhoops have 8 drilled holes and chrome-plated saddles through which the tensioning rope passes. J-hook screw style snare strainer with 6 gut snares and a hallmarked silver nut. The batter head has 3 metal feet painted in red. Associated with the 1st Battalion, The Buffs. This instrument belonged to the collection of the former Buffs Regimental Museum.

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  • Decorative elements:Heraldic emblazonment of the 1st Battalion, The Buffs, East Kent Regiment, with Royal Coat of Arms, a green dragon passant with motto (Buffs), ER cypher, a rampant white horse and "Invicta" motto (Kent), and battle honours.
  • Inscriptions:Stamped on shell: [logo (London)] / GEORGE POTTER & CO. / ALDERSHOT|Painted in red lettering over black background, on both sides of heraldry painting: GEORGE POTTER & COMPANY (ONLY ADDRESS) ALDERSHOT
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:211.212.11 Individual double-skin cylindrical drums, one skin used for playing
  • Repository:National Army Museum
  • Measurements:Height: 395mm; Diameter: 370mm