A reader emailed saying that he'd been asked to restore this Civil War era drum for a local historical association. The drum carries a label "H. Deming" of Ohio.
He replied: "Thanks, hadn't heard of this product. But, I never use any oil-based cleaning product on anything of value; the oil component always darkens with oxidation over time. It is very difficult (actually, nearly impossible) to safely remove or rejuvenate in the future. For general cleaning, I most often use an alkaline soap named Vulpex, in only a 1-2% conc. solution. It is miscible in both water and mineral spirits, and rinses cleanly.
Then, all I do is apply a paste wax (or, if the finish is real bad, a mineral spirits soluble varnish such as Gamar Picture Varnish (see link, below). http://www.gamblincolors.com/varnishes/index.html"