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Military bass drum

This instrument is associated with the 2nd Battalion The Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment. It is a military bass drum with emblazoned wooden shell, wooden counterhoops, 32-inch skin heads (broken, only flesh-hoops remain), and rope-tensioned with leather braces. The counterhoops have fourteen drilled holes through which the tensioning rope passes.

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  • Decorative elements:Heraldic emblazonment of 2nd Battalion The Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment, with Royal Coat of Arms, badge and respective battle honours.
  • Inscriptions:Branded inside shell: HAWKES & SON / MAKERS / LONDON|Paper labels inside shell with Hawkes specs and instructions.
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:211.212.12 Individual double-skin cylindrical drums, both heads played
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Width: 405mm; Diameter: 825mm