Miniature practice chanter

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by Alexander Glen, Edinburgh

Postcard of Miniature practice chanter.
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Miniature practice chanter

Miniature practice chanter of fruitwood with a brass mount at the chanter top and a metal mount below the ivory sole. The holed section is stamped twice with the maker's name and city of manufacture, by Alexander Glen of Edinburgh, 19th century.

Alexander Glen (1801-1873) was a founder member of the Glen bagpipe making family or 'dynasty' in Edinburgh. He was born in Inverkeithing, Fife, and was an older brother of Thomas McBean Glen (1804-1873). He is known to have had premises in West Register Street and Saint Andrew Square from 1846 until 1869, and was making a variety of bagpipes as an advertisement of 1847 shows. These were mainly different sizes of Highland bagpipe but he included 'Union or Lowcountry pipes of all descriptions made to order'. He began publishing bagpipe music with a Complete Tutor for the Highland Bagpipe in 1840 and The Piper's Assistant in 1843 with Angus Mackay.

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Online ID: 000-000-579-737-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LT 64
Material: Fruitwood, brass and ivory
Dimensions: 349 mm L
Who: Alexander Glen (bagpipe maker)
Where: Scotland, Edinburgh (place of manufacture)
Description: Miniature practice chanter made from fruitwood.
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