Saturday, March 21, 2009

Woodman Drum

MAINE CIVIL WAR PERIOD MILITIA DRUM. A fine example of a mid-19th C. tack decorated maple wood drum made by "M. Woodman". The drum body is of maple with two varnished maple wood rims. 16-xxx/xxx" in diameter. The rims are each 1-xxx/xxx" high and the assembled drum stands 15" tall. Visible through the eye hole is its original green paper label reading "M. Woodman, Manufacturer of/DRUMS, of all kinds. Farmington Falls, Me". Of particular interest is the tack decoration surrounding the eyehole, which forms a Maltese cross or 5th Corps badge. The maple body seam is tacked as well. An excellent, mostly orig, Civil War or earlier drum from Maine. The drum is accompanied by two rosewood drumsticks of the same period as the drum. CONDITION: Excellent. Ropes are replaced but the orig untouched finish of the drum remains. Both of its period heads are intact with the orig snare at the bottom and seven of its eight orig leather adjusters remain. Leather adjusters are dry and flexed. Top head is split about 8-xxx/xxx". Some shrinking and warping. Drumsticks are in good condition with the expected nicks, scratches and wear at the tips. Overall a very nice condition early Maine-made drum. 4-57369 CW111 (400-600). Source:

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