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18th Century Material Culture

Drums
Artwork
“A SELECTION of Scotch, English, Irish, and Foreign AIRS Adapted to the
FIFT, VIOLIN, or GERMAN-FLUTE.” 1782
(Private Collection)
“A SELECTION of Scotch, English, Irish, and Foreign AIRS, ...”
Published by James Aird Late 18th Century
(Private Collection)
“A SELECTION of Scotch, English, Irish, and Foreign AIRS, ...”
Published by James Aird Late 18th Century
(Private Collection)
“A SELECTION of Scotch, English, Irish, and Foreign AIRS, ...”
Published by James Aird Late 18th Century
(Private Collection)
Grenadier, 49th Regiment of Foot, and Fifer and Drummer, Foot Guards
by David Morier 1751
(The Royal Collection)
Grenadier, 49th Regiment of Foot, and Fifer and Drummer, Foot Guards
by David Morier 1751
(The Royal Collection)
William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland
by William Hogarth 1732
(Yale Center for British Art)
William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland
by William Hogarth 1732
(Yale Center for British Art)
Glasgow Green, St. George’s Day
by Scottish School 1756
(Fort George)
Glasgow Green, St. George’s Day
by Scottish School 1756
(Fort George)
A Satire on the Recruitment of Troops in London
by E. Heemskerck
(Lewis Walpole Library)
The March of the Guards to Finchley
by William Hogarth c. 1746
(Foundling Museum)
Child with “GR” Marked Drum
Attributed to Joseph Blackburn
(Private Collection)
Prince William, Later Duke of Clarence
by Allan Ramsey c. 1767
(Royal Collection Trust)
“Proclamation. Edinburgh”
18th Century
(Public Domain)
“TAMBOER”
Early - Mis 18th Century
(The British Library)
Bill of sale from Higgins & Newton, Drum Makers
1759
(John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera)
Tally of Musicians & Instruments in the Brigades Under the Command of General George Washington
by Henry Knox 1781
(Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History)
Extant Drums
British Long Bass Drum for a Military Band
c. 1714 - 1727
(National Music Museum)
British Long Bass Drum for a Military Band
c. 1714 - 1727
(National Music Museum)
British Long Bass Drum for a Military Band
c. 1714 - 1727
(National Music Museum)
Scottish Drum, Probably from the Atholl Highlanders
c. 1720
(Freeman’s Auctions)
American Military Drum
by Robert Crosman of Taunton, Massachusetts c. 1740
(Museum of the American Revolution)
Drum of the Hainaut Regiment, Company of Courcelles
c. 1747
(Musee de L'Arnee)
English Drum Reported to Have Been Picked up at Bunker Hill
Taken to Maine by a Sea Captain whose Grandson Cut it Down and Carried it During the Civil War
(Private Collection)
English Drum Reported to Have Been Picked up at Bunker Hill
Taken to Maine by a Sea Captain whose Grandson Cut it Down and Carried it During the Civil War
(Private Collection)
English Drum Reported to Have Been Picked up at Bunker Hill
Taken to Maine by a Sea Captain whose Grandson Cut it Down and Carried it During the Civil War
(Private Collection)
Drum Carried by Luther W. Clark at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse
3rd Quarter 18th Century
(Guilford Courthouse National Military Park)
American Drum “Used at the Battles of Eutaw, Saratoga, and Cowpens”
3rd Quarter 18th Century
(Georgia Historical Society)
Irish Militia Drum
3rd Quarter 18th Century
(Private Collection)
English Drum
3rd Quarter 18th Century
(Private Collection)
English Drum
3rd Quarter 18th Century
(Private Collection)
British Drum
Reported to have been Captured August 22, 1777
(New York State Military Museum and Veteran’s Research Center, Saratoga Springs)
Irving Drum
3rd Quarter 18th Century
(Private Collection)
Drum Painted with the Arms of Connecticut
American War for Independence Provenance
(Connecticut Museum of History)
Scottish Drum Used by the Edinburgh Town Guard
c. Late 18th Century
(National Museums of Scotland)
Irish Drum for an Irish Volunteer Regiment

by Herbert Higgins c. 1780
(Christie’s)
English Military Drum of the Burlington Volunteers
by Robert Horne 1794
(The Armoury of St. James’s)
Military Drum of the 1st Corps. of Cadets, Protectors of the Royal Governor of Massachusetts Bay
by Prentiss of Boston Early 19th Century
(Museum of the Corps. of Cadets)
German Drum (Saxony)Bearing the Royal Cartouche & Cipher of Frederick Augustus II
c. 1694 - 1733
(Metropolitan Museum of Art)
German Drum
c. 1765 - 1779
(Armémuseum)
German Drum
c. 1765 - 1779
(Armémuseum)
German Drum
c. 1765 - 1779
(Armémuseum)
German Drum
c. 1765 - 1779
(Armémuseum)
Swiss Side Drum
c. 1750
(National Music Museum)
Swiss Side Drum
c. 1750
(National Music Museum)
Drum
Accoutrements
Drumsticks
18th Century
(Guilford Courthouse National Military Park)
European Leather Drum Sling with Brass Grenades
Late 18th - Early 19th Century
(Estate of Tom Wnuck)
Brass Drummer’s Plate Found in Saratoga, New York
Possibly German
(Estate of Tom Wnuck)
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