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Military side drum

This drum was used by the United States Marine Corps Bands between 1875 and 1939. It was presented to the Royal Marines by the Commandant of the U. S. Marine Corps in April of 1970, in commemoration of the years of association and friendship between them. It is a military side drum with brass shell, wooden counterhoops, 15-inch skin heads, a very simple system of rod-tensioning with single hook claws, and an early snare strainer with leather butt. It also has a drag rope attached to the rods.

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  • Decorative elements:Brass casting on the shell featuring the United States Marine Corps full dress insignia from 1860s-1870s: eagle with spread wings, Western hemisphere globe and fouled anchor (badge in silver cast) placed on a field of 13 stars and stripes and surrounded by an olive laurel.
  • Inscriptions:Engraved on metal brass plate attached to shell: UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS SIDE DRUM / USED BY MARINE BANDS 1875-1939 / TO / THE ROYAL MARINES / FROM THE / UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS / IN COMMEMORATION OF OUR YEARS OF / ASSOCIATION AND CLOSE FRIENDSHIP / Presented by the / COMMANDANT, U. S. MARINE CORPS / APRIL 1970|Engraved on metal brass plate attached to shell: "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, / For he today that sheds his blood with me / Shall be my brother." / Henry V, Act IV, iii, 60 / 1854 - SHANGHAI / 1855 - TY-HO BAY / 1899 - SAMOA / 1900 - BOXER REBELLION / 1900 - PEKING / 1900 TIENTSIN / 1950 CHOSIN RESERVOIR
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:211.212.11 Individual double-skin cylindrical drums, one skin used for playing
  • Repository:National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Measurements:Diameter: 405mm; Height: 240mm