I would imagine this was a regimental presentation gift having had this top quality stand custom made in heavy cast silver plate by the finest of silversmith's Elkington and Co. The stand has a very regal armorial crest engraved to the front. The stand is signed by Elkington and being Elkington we are able to date it accurately to 1844.
The drum is most unusual, I have never seen one with this intricate engraved and engine turned decoration to create a military style drum. The two drumsticks to one side is what is used to open the lid.
The drum is signed by the well renowned silversmith, George Richmond Collis; found in an 1849 advertisement "Manufacturers of Gold and Silver Services of Every Descriptions, Platers by the new process of Electro Plate" this makes this piece an early piece of EPGS (Electro - Plated German Silver). The firm exhibited their fine goods in Birmingham (1849) and London (1851 and 1862) Exhibitions.
A rare and magnificent piece in excellent condition. The overall size of the drum on the stand is 9" x 9" x 11 1/2" tall.
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