SOLD – 19th Century Drum

Believed to be a late nineteenth century military snare drum that was adopted for use in a fair or circus in later life – Wood, Brass and calf skin.


This is a rare example of an early brass and wood snare drum with pig or calf skins that is held together under tension fully by rope and not by metal bolts.

There are no obvious makers marks or signatures on this piece though there are some letters and numbers stamped on the snare tension fixing – as shown in the picture.

It is most likely that this is a French drum from around 1890 and was probably built for military or field use and adopted (and redecorated) for more casual purposes such as within a travelliing fair or circus at a later date.

It is unusual to find a drum of this age and style with the diamond pattern around top and bottom – much more usual are wavy lines or triangles.

The overall condition for this piece is very good considering its age and the life it has likely led, though it is worth noting there is a small hole (possibly a burn) on the skin – as shown in the picture – next to a £1 coin for scale.

This is a sturdy and fun piece and will be the centre of conversation if displayed in any setting,


Dimensions: (approx)

Height = 30.5 cm / 12″
Width = 38.5 cm / 15.25″
Depth = 38.5 cm / 15.25″


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