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Side drum

This instrument is associated with the Cyfarthfa Band, one of the greatest and oldest virtuoso nineteen-century brass bands, founded in 1838 by iron magnate Robert Thompson Crawshay. It is a side drum with emblazoned brass shell, wooden counterhoops, 14-inch skin heads, and rope-tensioned with British style leather braces (round edge, white, with vellum lace). The counterhoops have nine drilled holes through which the tensioning rope passes. There is a hardware for a snare strainer (screw and snares missing), and the batter head has three metal feet match-painted with the counterhoop decoration. There are also two brass strap holders.

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  • Decorative elements:Emblazonment of the Cyfarthfa Band on shell, including a black hound (Crawshay emblem) and motto "Perseverance" (Crawshay motto), in red, gold and black colours. Counterhoops with royal tri-colour wavy-line pattern (red, blue, white).
  • Inscriptions:On a gummed label inside the drum: LONDON 189… BOUGHT OF DAN GODFREY SONS / MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MANUFACTURERS / AND IMPORTERS / 428 STRAND WC / OPPOSITE COUTTS BANK. - on the left of this [Royal Coat of Arms] and "BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO HER MAJESTY" - on the right [Dan Godfrey's emblem] and "DAN GODFREY JUNIOR ORCHESTRA / AND QUADRILLE BAND"
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:211.212.12 Individual double-skin cylindrical drums, both heads played
  • Repository:Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
  • Measurements:Height: 395mm; Diameter: 380mm