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Military side drum

This instrument was presented to Lieutenant-Colonel F.A.D. Frank Betts M.E.B., who was Adjutant/Quartermaster at the Royal Military School of Music between 1967-1973. It was later presented to the Museum of Army Music by his wife in 1992. It is a military side drum with emblazoned wooden shell (metallic painting) and wooden counterhoops, with 14-inch synthetic heads mounted in aluminum flesh hoop. Rod-tensioning with chrome-plated claws and gold-plated steel wall post rods (8 rods). It has hardware for a bottom snare, which is missing. The counterhoops have brass saddles for rope tension, which was how the heads were tensioned originally on this drum.

  • Date:
    first half of 20th century
  • Maker:
    G. Potter & Co [Corporation]
  • Collection:
    Museum of Army Music
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  • Place of production:
    Aldershot (Timezone: Europe/London)
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  • Decorative elements:Heraldic emblazonment of the Royal Military School of Music. Counterhoops with standard wavy-line pattern in tri-colour (blue, red and golden).
  • Inscriptions:Stamped on shell: [Royal Coat of Arms] / GEORGE POTTER & Co. / MAKERS / ALDERSHOT|Handwritten painted on emblazonment side: L. W. HUNT DRUM Co. LTD LONDON W. 1|Metal plate on counterhoop: TO / LIEUTENANT-COLONEL F.A.D.BETTS.M.B.E. / (ADJUTANT & QUARTERMASTER. 1967-1973) / FROM / ALL RANKS ROYAL MILITARY SCHOOL OF MUSIC / KNELLER HALL|Metal plate on counterhoop: PRESENTED TO THE MUSEUM / RMSM KNELLER HALL BY / JANE BETTS / IN MEMORY OF HER HUSBAND / LT. COL. FRANK BETTS M. B. E. / LATE COLDSTREAM GUARDS 30.8.1992
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  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Height: 355mm; Diameter: 375mm