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Chanter for a set of bagpipes

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made by Henry Stark, London, c. 1908 - 1909

Chanter for a set of bagpipes
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Patented bagpipe chanter by Henry Starck of London, c.1908-09 (British Patent 23839), made of African blackwood, ivory-mounted, and fitted with three keys - 'High B', 'Low G', and 'Low F'. The chanter is stamped 'H Starck / Patent / Denham St. Picadilly Circus'.

The firm of Henry Starck, Musical Wind Instrument and Bagpipe Maker, making Highland and Irish bagpipes, was founded in London in 1876. He went into a partnership with William Ross (1815-1891), Queen Victoria's Piper from 1854 and began making bagpipes, and Ross's name appeared on Starck's early work. Henry Starck introduced a new bagpipe about 1906 with a keyed chanter and bass, baritone and tenor drones set in a common stock. He took out a series of Patents between about 1906 and 1910 for 'Irish System' and 'Scottish System' War Pipes. The firm closed down in 1962.

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