THE COST OF WAR!
Originally published 10/31/12 by Brian Hill
- Maker: Wm. S. Tompkins & Sons
- Circa: 1862, number 49.
- Dimensions: 10" (h.) x 17" (dia.).
Both of the painted Tompkins drums have striking similarities that could indicate the same painter. The painting on this drum is centered on a large gilded circle that encases a Civil War Union Infantry battle-line charging the enemy with drums beating, flags waving and bombs bursting in a golden field of grass. Picturing three separate but related scenes shrouded in the National Colors, the drum appears to be telling a story, reading from right-to-left when looking directly at the front of the shell.
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