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Confederate Infantry Fifer Marching--single figure

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Item Number: 31447

Confederate Infantry Fifer Marching

Boys were often used as fifers if they had the skill and sufficient lung power.  Fifes throughout the 18th century were nearly all made of boxwood.  This specific type of “tonewood” possessed tonal properties that make them a good choice.  Turkish boxwood was preferred, as it was thought that the dry climate might produce wood less susceptible to warping, but in truth, all boxwood, unless perfectly seasoned and used in extremely short pieces, tended to warp.  At least one Philadelphia maker was known to use tropical tonewoods such as rosewood, and, by the 1820-30s, American manufacturers had virtually abandoned the use of boxwood.

Released in JUNE 2023.