Military bass drum
This bass drum is part of a set made in memory of the 143 ranks of the Royal Marines Band Service who lost their lives in the First World War (1914-1918). The drums were paid for by voluntary subscriptions from all ranks of the Royal Naval School of Music and were dedicated in Eastney on the 5th March 1921. It is a military bass drum with emblazoned wooden shell, wooden counterhoops, 32-inch skin heads, and rope-tensioned with British style white leather braces (round edge, white, with vellum lace). The counterhoops have fourteen drilled holes and brass saddles through which the tensioning rope passes, and three brass feet on one of the counterhoops. The names of the 143 men are painted on the shell, arranged in three columns.
National Museum of the Royal Navy
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- Hornbostel-Sachs classification:211.212.12 Individual double-skin cylindrical drums, both heads played
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- Decorative elements:Emblazoned badge on the shell depicts a world globe (with Europe/Africa/West-Asia map) surrounded by a olive wreath and with a lyre on top. The counterhoops are painted with a triangular pattern in black and white colours.
- Inscriptions:Painted on shell: [Royal Coat of Arms] / HMS BULWARK / HMS MONMOUTH / HMS INFLEXIBLE / HMS LION / HMS NATAL / HMS NATAL (sic) / HMS INVINCIBLE / HMS INDEFATIGABLE / HMS QUEEN MARY / [badge] / HMS CORNWALLIS / HMS VANGUARD / HMS GLORY / HMS MONARCH / HMS CARNARVON / HMS CAESAR / HMS BRITANNIA / HMS PRINCESS ROYAL / HMS CONQUEROR / DRAKE BATTN, RND GALLIPOLI / WEST AFRICAN FRONTIER FORCE.
- Hornbostel-Sachs category:211.212.12 Individual double-skin cylindrical drums, both heads played
- Repository:National Museum of the Royal Navy
- Measurements:Diameter: 830mm; Width: 405mm