Thursday, November 13, 2008

James Deas (5th Maine) Presentation Drum by A.W. White (Boston)

eBay seller heritageauctionsinc( 66) is auctioning this presentation drum by A. W. White (eBay no. 260311305370) from its catalog "2008 NOV Signature Civil War Auction #6015":

See Heritage Auction site for the Deas drum and the drum sticks.

Civil War Snare Drum "Presented to/ James D. Deas/ 5th Maine Drum Corps by the Members of Co. C" is the Engraved Legend on the Period Silver Plaque Affixed to the Body of the Drum, with Decorative Floral Border, Untouched/ Uncleaned. The drum is 11¾" high 17" diameter, plain maple body with black painted rims. Overall near perfect condition with rims retaining 90% of the original paint, the body with most of the original varnish and what appears to be the original heads, ropes, snare and tighteners which are decorated with five pointed stars. Ebony air hole and retains the original paper label of "A. W. White...No. 86 Tremont Street, Boston, Mass." Include with the drum is the original leather sling with adjusting buckle and brass snap swivel, along with Deas's discharge from the 5th Maine. Deas enlisted with the 5th April 24, 1861 and served until July27, 1864 when he discharged and subsequently enlisted with the 12th Maine infantry, also as a musician, serving until March 18, 1866. Deas served with the 5th Maine through eleven battles, doubtless with this drum in his possession, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness and Cold Harbor. A great rarity with a superb history.

Estimate: US $5,500.00 - US $6,500.00

Also Deas' presentation drumsticks are at auction as eBay no. 260311308324

Set of Inscribed Civil War Drumsticks. 17" heavy rosewood sticks with 1" silver ferrules at the bottom. Each ferrule neatly script engraved, "J. D. Deas/ Co.C/ 5th Me. Vol.". Deas served in the 5th Maine from 1861 to 1864 and was with this hard fought unit in every major action. He subsequently served in the 12th Maine. The drum presented to Deas in 1861 is listed above. Perfect untouched condition and very rare. Also included is Deas' original discharge from the 12th Maine.

Estimate: US $800.00 - US $1,200.00

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