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Little is recorded on the web regards the elusive Fillery's Toffee Confectioners, based out of the historical area of Greet, in Birmingham.

Thomas Carey Fillery; also known as Lieutenant, Colonel Fillery during the First World War, is recorded as having been the owner of Fillerys Toffees, established in 1900. I do hope he returned to run the confectionary site after his heroic efforts serving in WWI.

Like Lt. Col. Thomas Fillery, a Drum Major is a leader.

Positioned at the head of marching band, the drum major is often dressed in more ornate clothing, and is also known to carry one of a number of specialized pieces of equipment, to more effectively execute their commands to the marching ensemble, directing the band what to play, when to play, and what time to keep.

A Drum Major's commands may be given either verbally, through hand gestures, using a whistle or a baton, or with a mace in the military.

The position of drum major originated in the British Army, in 1650, with the Corps of Drums; a musical military unit serving several national armies.

The distinction between a military band and the drummers from a Corps of Drums, is that a Corps of Drums would not play their instruments to entertain or delight, but rather as a utilitarian battlefield role to signal orders. A Corps of drums were also deployed to march under the parley flag when officers of opposition met to discuss terms of surrender.

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Dimensions: H 59cm x W 32cm x D 21cm

Mixed Media:
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage 'Filerys' Toy Drum Major Tin,
Vintage Sieve,
Vintage Posser,
Vintage Bun Tin,
Vintage Funnel,
Vintage Loaf Tin
3 x E10 LED Cabachon Lamps,
1 x 18W 24V LED Transformer
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box,
Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Threaded Bar,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
PAT Tested.

Overseas Enquiries:

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Also note - as these sculptures operate on UK voltage (220-240 V 50 Hz) you will need a voltage converter to use them overseas.

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