18th Century/Revolutionary War Drums
Presented here is a selection of suggestions for this time period, but please bear in mind that these are only suggestions – there is too much information available to be comprehensively summarized in this space, and the degree to which the drum is made suitable for you as a contemporary percussionist while maintaining aspects of authenticity to the period is something to be considered and discussed as we work with you to design your drum.
See Liberty Model Drum Home for additional information on materials specifications. These suggestions represent modifications to the Liberty Model.
Shells are usually “square” in this period (diameter = depth), or no more than 2” deep than diameter. Bass drums, although poorly documented, are most commonly accepted as “barrel sizes (width equal to or approaching diameter). Popular snare sizes 16” x 16” deep or 16” x 18” deep, bass sizes 16” to 20” wide x 24” diameter.
The strainer is a bronze shell-mounted J-hook design based on drawings in Praetorious.
is a continuous length of natural snare gut.
Liberty ears are standard, or substitute British style white ears. In the 1800’s, another option is the Eli Brown ear.
4 strand linen rope or ¼” spun dacron rope is standard.
Remo Fiberskyn 3/EMP combination, or calfskin heads as an option.
The standard carry for these snare drums is made of rope; the Liberty carry or a British style angled carry is an option. Bass drums are made with 2 Liberty carry hooks; a British style single center hook is an option.
Custom regimental artwork is appropriate for this period. The “early 1800’s eagle” (link to PHOTO GALLERY) is appropriate for times after 1800.
The Kings Landing tack design is 18th century vintage and appropriate into the 19th century; the Eli Brown tack design is appropriate for early 19th century, (PHOTO GALLERY).