ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR DRUM.
Beautiful authentic tack drum. Shell is solid but has some "waves" in the wood from age. William Hall and Son is listed at the labels address in 1861. He had drum contracts in 1861 and 1862. Torn heads look original and are dirty and stained( which is pretty cool). Nice Ivory grommet, tacks and period nails on seams. Two tacks missing on seam. Original red painted hoops with newer ears and rope. Two tiny holes where strainer used to be( most probably added after the war). Many drums were cut down so they were smaller for band use after the war, this drum is not cut down. The head size is 16 inches and shell is 11 inches. Shell and hoops come out to about 14 inches.
I have a few too many drums! I have over ten plus sticks straps and tintypes of drummers. If your looking for a nice authentic drum that's not over $4000, this is it! Beautiful patina with a very nice tack design, red hoops and complete makers label. Just because a drum was found in grandpas attic near Gettysburg doesn't always make it authentic. Some drums are old but can be boring. That includes all the old sticks and fake stick holders being sold . I look for paint, tacks and especially that label that can date it to the 1860s. This drum has all that.
Happy to answer all questions!