Welsh Guards - Second World War Training Battalion Side Drum, 1940
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Diameter: 41cm (16in)
Brass cylinder, painted hoops, leather tabs with rope tensioning. Emblazoned by Henry Potter & Co, Charing X Road, London W.C. 2, with the Royal arms, regimental insignia and Battle Honours to Sambre (1918). Cylinder stamped ‘Henry Potter & Co / Makers / 36, 38 West St / Charing + Road / London / 4/ W.G.’
The firm of Henry Potter of Charing Cross was established as an independent concern in 1872. Hitherto Henry (I)’s father, also Henry (II), had run a drum making business at 30 Charing Cross since 1856. Prior to that, Henry (II) ran his business from 2 Bridge Street, Westminster, having inherited an interest in drums from his father Samuel, formerly a drum-major of the Coldstream Guards who left the Army in 1817. Other members of the extended Potter family were also engaged in the drum and flute making business for many generations. A notable contemporary being Henry (I)’s brother George Potter of Aldershot whose firm continued the craft in the traditional manner until the introduction of rod tensioned and transfer decorated drums in 1960.