Here’s the second snare drum from that European seller. This drum was also repaired/restored by my friend and new “French Connection”, Emmanuel Giraudon of Old Drums, Vintage & Customwww.oldrums.fr Emmanuel allowed me to quote his description so once again from the expert:
“F. BARON snare drum - 14" / 5.5 - circa 30s :
the brand : F. BARON: It was a music store located in Paris, which existed in the 30/40 years. Very little information exists on this music store, but they created a brand "CONTINENTAL Paris New York", drums and snare drum which are so rare. This music store probably hasn't manufactured its musical instruments, and this snare drum... They maybe have been manufactured by Parisian craftsmen Hustier & Beau ; the inventors of those lugs and this strainer. These two Parisian artisans had been probably visited by Georges Way during its European tour in London and Paris, for the promotion of Leedy ... These lugs are clearly inspired by the Leedy lugs !!
the shell/bearing edge/snare bed/wrap/reinforcing rings : the shell is composed with 3 ply. The reinforcing rings are in ash wood, with a 30 ° bearing edge, and snare bed is wide enough for the time. The wrap is a pearly blue celluloid.
The hardware : this hardware (lugs & strainer) were invented in 1930 by Hustier & Beau, 2 craftsmen who made musical instruments in Paris. Strongly inspired by the Leedy lugs, they filed a patent for the lugs and strainer inmay 1930. The lugs are nickel plated brass, strainer is in steel and nickel plated brass. All the screws, washers, and internal plates are made of brass. The single flange hoops are nickel plated brass.
A bientôt, Emmanuel
olDrums Vintage & Custom
Enjoy! Mike Curotto