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.
first half of 20th century
G. Potter & Co [Corporation]
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