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civil war military antique. For sale is pictured a RARE United States Marine Corps (USMC) snare drum. The drum was made by George Kilbourn, his paper label is inside the drum. The address on the lable is clearly visible and according to the Directory of American military goods Dealers and Makers he produced goods there from 1850 to 1857. This indicates the time frame from which the drum was made. The crest on the drum is unique in that it is similar to the 1830 version of the USMC flag located at the USMC Museum at Quantico. From what I've researched this is possibly one of the earliest know examples of a USMC drum. The paint on the crest is vibrant with a few scrapes , see pictures. From what I was told, this is a one of a kind item, no others have surfaced. The top head has been replaced and the rope cord which I still have. The original rope cord was frayed and the wood ring on the top head was broken. In order to present the drum as it originally was these issues were corrected. I spoke with the collections curator at the Paris Island USMC Museum who was excited to see this rare item. He indicated that one example existed at the Museum in Quantico but it was unlike mine. He asked if I would donate it to Thier museum to be on exibit. Please contact me with any questions or additional information you may have on this drum. Thanks for looking