Civil War Era Bass Drum by George Kilbourn

Bass drum, 30 in. dia., 19 in. ht., with red painted counterhoops, rope tensioners with leather tugs, skin heads. Painted body features panoply of musical instruments and staff notation for Philip Phile's "Hail Columbia." Interior label marked "Bass and Snare / Drums, / Tambourines & Banjos, / Made and Repaired By / George Kilbourn, / At His Premium Drum Factory, / 119 Orange Street, Albany" and numbered "1455" below. Brass tack design is consistent with other examples by this maker. George Kilbourn is listed at this Albany address as early as 1852.


Poor to fair; one head has suffered significant damage including one large hole and one significant repaired rip; rope tension is likely replacement; several leather tugs missing (two included in attached ziplock bag); shell has some scratches and dents from use, with some old missing paint, but otherwise in good condition. 

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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