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|Franz Peter Bundsen, (Germany), Kettle Drums, 1779|
From the 17th to the 19th centuries one of the most sought after symbols of wealth and power were kettle drums. Aristocrats and royalty competed for the finest and most impressive of these instruments which announced their arrivals, special events and even battles.
So you can be sure that when King George III wanted a new set of drums in the late 1700's his respresentatives scoured Europe for the greatest silversmith they could commission. And they found him in the Hanoverian Franz Peter Bundsen, who not only fashioned the drums completely from a huge sheet of pure silver but hammered out an extraordinarily intricate royal shield in the center of each one.