Tuesday, November 25, 2008

NY Militia Drum

Regulation Civil War Infantry Eagle Drum
All parts original and authentic
Circa 1864
Label inside drum reads "C & F Soistmann / Manufacturers of all kinds of drums / No. 458 Dillwyn Street / Philadelphia". Conrad and Frederick Soistmann are listed as drum makers at this address in 1863. This manufacturer had a contract with the Army in 1864 for 1,000 drums. This painted eagle on this drum is excellent with only minor losses of paint. Most of the original tensioners are missing; however, the rope is original and solid. Bottom head is about nonexistent; top head is solid but warped with the top rim fitting loosely. Very good overall.
(15.5" high by 16.5" in diameter.)
Price: $13,750

Militia Snare Drum
Possibly New York City
Circa 1860
The dark rosewood shell provides strong contrast illuminating the stylized New York State Arms. The rims are decorated with a trailing vine and leaf motive stenciled with bronze powder. An outstanding open-winged eagle stands on a gold globe with lemon yellow trim; vibrantly colored American flags and two obscured state regimental flags flank the seal above a trophy of cannon barrels, swords and muskets all contributing to the overall balance and success. There is an almost identical drum in the West Point Museum. This drum remains in terrific bright condition and stands at 14.25-inches.
Price: $5,900

If you are interested in buying any of these items, please call (978) 597-8084 or email David Hillier at drh@aaawt.com or Lynn Morin at lfm@aaawt.com.
Antique Associates at West Townsend, Inc.
473 Main Street | P.O. Box 129W | West Townsend, Massachusetts 01474
Ph. (978) 597-8084 | Fax (978) 597-6704 | Email drh@aaawt.com

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