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Military side drum

Military side drum with emblazoned 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 metal saddles through which the tensioning rope passes. J-hook screw style snare strainer with 4 gut snares. The batter head has 3 metal feet. Both the saddles and feet were painted to match the counterhoop decoration. Associated with the 2nd 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 2nd Battalion, The Buffs, with Royal Coat of Arms, a green and red dragon passant with motto (Buffs), a rampant white horse and "Invicta" motto (Kent), and battle honours.
  • Inscriptions:Stamped on shell: HENRY POTTER & CO. / 30 CHARING CROSS / LONDON / 1900 / [broad arrow] / 52|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: 385mm; Diameter: 370mm