Do you hear the sound? Free from rules, Timothy Oulton is marching to its own beat found in the Regiment collection, inspired by antique military drums. Tim Oulton’s childhood was steeped in pageantry from his father’s career as a major in the British Army, and he’s been fascinated by military-inspired design and classic regimental colours ever since. Handcrafted with traditional techniques and authentic materials, the Regiment range features side tables in two sizes as well as a bookcase, repurposing the historic military drum into functional pieces for today’s interiors.
The story of the Regiment collection dates back to 1855, when the role of the drummer boy was born as a vital part of battlefield communications. Signaling different commands, the drum became an important part of battle victories indicating movement of the opponent and direction for the attack. A notable hero from the 19th century is marked in the pages of history as an unnamed British drummer boy who led the attack on the Russians in the Crimean War. He caught hold of his opponent and beat him silly “in truly British fashion” until he surrendered. Marking the significance of the drum and the drummer boy in future battles around the world.
A century later the drum would play a key role in history when a 9-year-old boy ran away from home to join the American Civil War. Despite multiple rejections from different regiments, John Lincoln Clem, steadfast to his beliefs and passionate to be a part of the revolution, eventually was accepted into the Union Army as a mascot. He quickly won over his peers and superiors to become the youngest noncommissioned officer in Army history. A young boy who lived free of rules and according to his own beliefs become famous for his bravery on the battlefield and signature “long roll” on the drum to lead the charge in several victories.
From battle cries to rock-n-roll, the drum has transitioned through the ages from a tool of declaration to a piece of lasting inspiration. A testament to true heritage reinvented with energy and passion, Timothy Oulton’s Regiment collection includes authentic materials such as vellum, hand-painted solid wood, and leather, reconstructed into functional pieces for the modern home including a small and large side table, and 4ft and 6ft drum bookcase. Pieces are available in wooden and brass finishes.
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