Wednesday, July 1, 2009

39th Mass. Volunteers Drummer, Drum and Sticks

Heritage Auction Galleries' 2009 June Signature Civil War Auction - Dallas, TX. Auction #6024, item 57218, catalog at p. 105.

Enlarge the photo and you can just make out the faint lettering "VOLUNTEERS" on the drum.

57143 Unique Pose CDV of Drummer Roland F. Spencer, 39th Mass. Vol. Great casual pose with arms crossed in front of him and left leg propped up on his drum, sticks stuck in the ropes. Wears shell jacket open exposing military vest. Drum with shield and “Volunteers” clearly visible on the front. Backmark of “G. H. Nickerson Photographer Chatham and Orleans Mass.” Spencer enlisted in the 39th Mass. on July 26, 1862 as a musician at the age of 18. He mustered out June 2, 1865.

The 39th was heavily engaged in The Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Weldon Railroad. Very fine quality and condition. Great image with excellent history.

Est.: $1,600-$1,800 Start Bid: $800.

Session Two, Auction #6024 • Thursday, June 25, 2009 • 1:00 PM CT

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