Monday, September 28, 2009
eBayer auctionplanner ( 10782) recently sold item no. 380160151421 for $950 -- a CDV of a 37th Massachusetts Civil War drummer described as:
Rare* Tinted DRUMMER BOY & DRUM Civil War CDV 37th MA
ESTATE FRESH * JERSEY CITY NJ PHOTOGRAPHER Victor Piard
Fresh out of an estate, you are bidding one of the finest Civil War Drummer Boy photos ever offered for sale. The photo shows a drummer boy posing with his drum at the studio of Victor Piard in Jersey City, New Jersey. The drum has the insignia of the 37th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers and there is a 37 on the soldier’s kepi as well. The 37th MA Vols participated in some of the biggest battles of the Civil War. After Gettysburg they were sent to New York City (August 1863) to enforce the Draft after the Draft Riots of July 1863 (depicted in the movie Gangs of New York). It is likely that this musician had his photo taken in 1863 just across the Hudson River from NYC in Jersey City (prior to the June 30, 1864 act requiring revenue stamps). The photo is exceptional for the subject matter, Regiment identification, and the color tinting which is professional and period. The photo had a light layer of varnish or shellac applied over the painted surface and the crusty finish is original and nice. I reviewed a roster of the entire 37th MA Regiment and found that there were only thirteen musicians in the entire Regt. Although there is no ID on this photo the list can probably be narrowed down with a bit more research. The photo is in Excellent condition with lust the lightest possible wear and a tiny varnish spot on the back side.
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