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    1823 Pennsylvania Militia Drum

    Appraised Value:

    $7,000 - $8,000

    Appraised on: August 21, 2010

    Appraised in: Washington, DC

    Appraised by: Paul Carella

    Category: Arms & Militaria

    Episode Info: Junk in the Trunk (#1519)

    Originally Aired: November 7, 2011

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    Form: Drum
    Material: Paint
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $7,000 - $8,000

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    Appraisal Video: (1:33)

    appraiser

    Appraised By:

    Paul Carella
    Arms & Militaria

    Bonhams & Butterfields, SF

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: It came down through my dad's family. My great-grandfather was from Pittsburgh and was a Scout River, Hudson Bay painter, and I believe this belonged to one of his brothers.

    APPRAISER: And where do you think his brother used it?

    GUEST: I have no idea.

    APPRAISER: Well, it has a date on here up front, and it says November 1, 1823, and that was probably a commemorative date from the founding of the regiment of the militia unit that the original owner of this drum was in.

    GUEST: Oh, okay.

    APPRAISER: And one of the things that the drum does have, if you look in the inside, is you can see the remains of a label in here. If you had the drum cover on it, how would you be able to see the label?

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: But what's very interesting is right here on the side is a vent hole, so if you peep through there, the label's directly across on the other side.

    GUEST: Oh, how cool!

    APPRAISER: So you'd be able to read it. And it served two purposes: to be able to see who the maker of the drum was, and the fact that it was vital for the resonance.

    GUEST: Oh, okay.

    APPRAISER: But what's equally interesting is the quality of this federal-style eagle. It's beautifully painted, and very vivid colors, and it's fairly early as a militia drum. I would date the drum sometime in the 1840s.

    GUEST: Wow, that's really cool.

    APPRAISER: It's a piece of folk art more than anything else. Have you ever given any thought to what it was worth, or... ?

    GUEST: Well, I took it to a local high school appraisal thing, and they told me about maybe $2,000.

    APPRAISER: $2,000, okay. At auction, I feel that this drum is probably worth between $7,000 and $8,000.

    GUEST: Oh, how nice.

    APPRAISER: Mm-hmm. It's a beautiful piece of Americana.

    GUEST: Cool, thank you!





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