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Chanter for a set of Scottish small pipes

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belonged to a Sutherland family, late 18th century

Chanter for a set of Scottish small pipes
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Chanter for a set of small-pipes, Scottish, late 18th century, mouth blown with three drones set in a common stock. The set comprises a chanter, bass drone, baritone drone, tenor drone, and a blowstick with a black horn mouthpiece. Each drone has two joints and is decorated with a band of combing of five rings.

The pipes are made of laburnum, which is variegated and nicely figured, and fruitwood mounted with 'sea ivory'. The chanter stock is a later addition with a bone mount. The bag is made of sheepskin with a fringed green wool cover.

This set of pipes was formerly owned by an old Sutherland family. The sweet toned small pipes were ideal for playing indoors. The three drones tuning to the tonic and dominant or fifth are similar to the Northumbrian bagpipes. This set may have been originally bellows-blown.

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