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Tony Barton

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  1. As someone with a lifelong interest in old musical instruments, this is an intriguing item .I like j42's "palpable antiquity ". If it's a fake , it's been done by someone with a pretty deep knowledge. While I can only judge from the photos, the shell appears to have been made from a single slice of wood. All wooden drums since the 19c century have been made from plywiood because of the extreme difficulty of getting a slice of self-wood big enough to form a shell, and because forming it from plywood is just so much cheaper and easier . The skins are convincing, as is the hempen rope ( a
  2. The jackets appear to be grey, which suggest a Volunteer unit of the 1860s or 70s. The tartan has a white overstripe, and thus might be McKenzie, which suggest a Volunteer battalion attached to the HLI , possibly the 6th. ButI'm guessing , and a Highalnd specialist needs to see this : might I suggest posting it on the Victorian Wars Forum ?
  3. There's no real way of telling the age of a piece of cloth without a detailed analysis of the thread count , the weave used , and the dye.... and even then you are left with the result of pre or post industrial , meaning roughly before or after 1860 . Anything else is a hunch based on experience , which can be pretty good, but is not absolutely reliable. As has already been said this looks like a theatrical prop : the fact that it's handsewn in parts is not in the least remarkable : the badges at least would have to be . The red cloth itself doesn't look much like a woolen cloth at all , tho
  4. In response to this thread , I was lucky enough to be able to take some pics the other weekend, showing the latest thinking as to the precise kit worn by the 95th. Credit for this lies with the re-enactors of the 2nd Battalion 95th , whose work is ongoing. Notice the square-cut peak and the green braid round the base of the shako. Also the small copper priming flask on a cord round the neck , and stowed in a pocket under the left arm. There is a matching pocket on the other side. This side shows the sit of the soft pack , and the pouch used for non-rifle rounds used for rapid f
  5. The pics in that Osprey are really rather poor and fuzzy , and very derivative of earlier books , rather than being based on fresh research . You would be better off looking at original items as on the 2nd Batt 95th re-enactors site , who seem to have done a lot of original work with old documents and surviving items. Napoleonic Infantry are still being depicted with Trotter wood framed knapsacks : an item that never existed ! It's one of those myths that arose from some kind of misunderstanding back in the 1920s, and has been copied and embroidered ever since in almost every reference book
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