Unknown Edinburgh bagpipe, circa 1890s, ebony, nickel, ivory
SOLD – It can be difficult to determine the make and age of button-mount pipes because projecting mounts are such an important visual identifier. This set came to me with no known maker, but a distinctly Edinburgh appearance. Guesses as to maker have included Hutcheon, J&R Glen, and possibly Thow, but this may just remain a mystery set.
The pipes are ebony, with nickel ferrules and ivory rings. Being ebony, we had the pipes stripped, and being ebony, there were some hairline cracks to be invisible whipped. The blowstick and blowstick stock are poly-lined replacements. The pipes have been refinished.
The pipes played nicely: extremely steady with what you would call a mellow sound in the Glen tradition: not robust, but rich.