Drumhorse Postcard c1901

The kettle drummer is in review order in this coloured postcard. In none of the pictures of this subject is the drummer wearing gloves as the trumpeters do. The accompanying photo shows the man and horse before colouring. The colouring on the postcard is useful but it has distorted the image, as can be judged by comparing it with the photo.

Drumhorse Photo c1901

The photographer made several plates of the drumhorse in this location, although this is not the same photo used for the postcard. The horse does not seem especially large which indicates that the drums are relatively light compared with the Household Cavalry which use carthorses to carry the heavy silver drums. This horse is a paler colour than the postcard depicts.

Regimental details | Musicians and Drumhorses


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