Corps of Drums 1857


Watercolour by Ebsworth showing the drums and trumpets practicing. The Drum-Major conducts and plays trumpet. He does not wear his drum-majors sash but he is in full dress with gold laced tunic and sword slung in the style of an officer. His bearskin has a normal plume unlike the plume of 1851 which went over the top of the head-dress. The trumpeters have fife cases attached to one of their belts instead of a pouch like the drummers. See Fife Case c1850 The Corps of Drums now incorporates tuba players, tenor drummers, triangle, as well as the big bass drum thus making the exotic time-beaters redundant.


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by Stephen Luscombe