Post-Civil War Painted Commemorative Drum, 1st Philadelphia Cavalry

16.25" x 9.25". Wood rims hoops with brass reinforcement. Rope tensions with leather tugs. Skin heads without snare. Shell painted with American eagle holding ribbon with "1st Philadelphia City Cavalry" along with unit crest. Looking through sound hole does not show maker's label.

The 1st Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry is the second oldest unit in the United States Army still on active service.  It is unique in that membership is by election, as is the selection of officers. The drum was likely painted as a commemorative item for historic parades or for display.  


Good overall. Some fraying of tensions with stiffness to leather.  Heads of free of cracks or splits. Some chipping and missing wood to hoops, painting still has some sharp details with expected wear from age.

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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