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A smiling bugler in the Philippines, 1898


System "La Hera" Bugle


As with most armies of the 19th. Century, the Spanish used bugles to communicate commands in the field.  The regulation bugle was made of brass and often had a laced on leather cover for better hand grip as well as a leather shoulder sling.  Known as the "Sistema La Hera", the pattern was made regulation in 1871 and confirmed in 1875, and again in 1884 and 1886 (Cavalry and Infantry respectively).


Regulation System La Hera brass bugle made in Barcelona, a souvenir brought home by Martin Luther Medaris from Indiana.

Note the leather cover and a snap hook remaining from the shoulder sling.


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*Currently Being Researched*

Actively seeking information on Spanish military drums and an original example to study and photograph.  Please contact me if you can help.

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