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British Army Regimental Side Drum, 23rd Regt.

ca. 1795
Origin: Great Britain
Overall Height: 18", Overall Diameter (outer hoops): 17"
wood (ash), gut, parchment, paint, rope, brass
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2004-28
A British Army Regimental Side Drum, 23th Regt. The shell is of ash with painted battle honors and decorative brass tacks. The rims are painted with red and black stripes. Leather ears slide to tension the ropes for tuning the drumhead. Snares of gut lay against the bottom of the lower drumhead.

The decoration of the drum consists of the painted device of the Prince of Wales (ostrich plumes, and the motto "Ich Den"). Painted circular battle honors consist of the Rising Sun, Horse of Hanover, the Red Dragon of Wales, and the Egypt Sphinx (commemorating an 1801 battle with the French).
Provenance:Marks indicate it belonged to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (23rd Regt) by the turn of the nineteenth century; evidence of earlier decoration suggests another regiment may have had it earlier.

CW purchased from Wallis and Wallis, West Street Auction Galleries (Sussex, England), in 2004.
Mark(s):The drum is painted with scenes indicating battle honors (see description). There is no maker's label, or evidence of one, inside the shell
Inscription(s):see "marks"