Item: Drummer's Drumstick Holder Plate
Construction: Sheet brass.
Condition & Information: Good, excavated. The face of this badge shaped plate originally had two brass tubes that held the drummer's drumsticks. The vertical solder marks are visible on the front where the tubes were affixed to the plate. The rear has two solder marks where its attachment pin once was affixed. The device now has a brown patina with no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
Recovered: Remington/Brandy Station, VA area.
Approximate size: 58 x 66mm.
Reference: Examples of similar drummer buckles are pictured and described in the following reference books:
- "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War" by Stanley S. Phillip's on page 185 as items 2&3.
- "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War / Supplement One" by Stanley S. Phillip's on page 186 as item 4.
- "Confederate General Service Accoutrement Plates" by Lon W. Keim, M.D. on page 373 as figure 620.
Comments: Drummer's drumstick holders and their parts are rarely, if ever, recovered and this plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War musical, campsite, battlefield, plate or general relic collection.
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