Regarding Civil War Reproductions from The Old Glory Drum Shop...
|Shown here is the 16x12 version of the US government Civil War contract drum. Like earlier versions made more than a century and a half ago, this drum has an 1/8 inch thick shell, overlapped and not butt-seamed like some contemporary Civil War reproductions.
An authentic Civil War tack pattern of solid brass surrounds a Stag Horn eyepiece. The Eagle design has been painted in oils by an artist and is complemented with fine calfskin heads, hand sewn period ears and imported linen rope from Ireland. Tuning adjustments are made with the best snare strainer to come out of the Civil War that was used by both the North and the South.
Plastic heads and plastic boat rope are not used on this drum. Be as authentic as you can....
A Message To Some Re-enactors...
This maker of drums was watching a program on TV entitled "The War Unfinished" in which men described how they strove for and prided themselves on authenticity. The next day I watched one of the Civil War battles and there was a Union drummer boy with his drum roped with plastic and with plastic heads. (He did get shot in the battle.)
Reading Material for the Perspective Buyer
The Civil War - Fighting Men of the Civil War, pages 146 - 149 Salamander Books Ltd., London
Echoes of Glory, Arms and Equipment of the Union pages 228 - 242 Time Life Books
Echoes of Glory, Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy pages 218 - 229 Time Life Books
Pictorial History of the Civil War Era Musical Instruments and Military Bands Garofalo and Elrod, Pictorial Histories Publishing Company
Bands and Drummer Boys of the Civil War page 54, 75, 113 Arthur Wise and Francis A. Lord, authors. Thomas Yoseloff, New York, London.
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