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Military side drum

This drum is associated with the Royal Marines Band. It is a military side drum with emblazoned metal shell, wooden counterhoops, with one 14-inch synthetic batter head (the bottom head is missing), rope-tensioned with the British style white leather braces (round edge, white, with vellum lace). The counterhoops have eight drilled holes through which the tensioning rope passes. There is a J-hook screw style snare strainer for snares, and the batter head has three steel painted in red.

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  • Decorative elements:Heraldic emblazonment of the Royal Marines with Royal Coat of Arms featuring two Elizabeth II cyphers, and Royal Marines badge.
  • Inscriptions:Stamped on the shell: A.F. Matthews (DRS) LTD / MAKERS / Edgeware / 1950
  • 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: 370mm; Height: 330mm