A drum of hemispherical form, applied with the Royal Arms of England above the monogram of William IV (r. 1830-37). Below the monogram are crossed banners and battle honors for PENINSULA, GARZIA HERNANDEZ, and WATERLOO (unique to the Hannoverian garde du corps) chased on ribbons, also applied with eight trophies consisting of helmted cuirasses backed by trumpets, swords, musket and foliage, which form the bases for tension screws, all supported on three scroll acanthus supports linked by laurel swags and from which spread sprays of berried laurel.


Mark of Jacob Petersen, on base.


About 1830, probably William IV (b. 1765 - d. 1837), King of Great Britain and Hanover (original commission); 1837, by inheritance to his nephew, Ernst Augustus I (b. 1837- d. 1851), King of Hanover [see note 1]; by inheritance to his son, George V (b. 1819 - d. 1878), King of Hanover; by inheritance, through the Princes of Hanover, to Ernst Augustus V (b. 1954), Prince of Hanover. 2004, private foundation, United States; 2006, given from this private foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2006)


[1] Because by Salic law a woman could not inherit the throne of Hanover, upon the succession of Queen Victoria of England in 1837, the crown passed to the oldest surviving son of George III.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift


  • German (Hanover), about 1830
  • Marked by Jacob Petersen, born in Arndahl, Norway, about 1790/91–1839, active in Hanover, Germany from 1822
Overall: 47.9 x 58.4 cm (18 7/8 x 23 in.) Weight: 13806.2 gm (487 oz.)
Medium or Technique
Silver, vellum
Accession Number
On view
William I. Koch Gallery (European Painting and Hanoverian Silver) - 250