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Two small printed boxes for bagpipe reeds and practice chanter reeds

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by R.G. Lawrie Ltd, Glasgow, 1930s

Two small printed boxes for bagpipe reeds and practice chanter reeds
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Two small unused boxes made of cut and folded card to package bagpipe reeds and practice chanter reeds for the retail trade. The first box is printed with the name and address of R.G. Lawrie Ltd, the Royal Warrant and a testimonial by Pipe Major William Ross. The second box is printed with 'for R.G. Lawrie Ltd of Glasgow', 'The Lawrie Practice Chanter Reed' and 'Lawrite keeps your bag in perfect condition for years'. Formerly stock of J. and R. Glen, Edinburgh, or from the collection of the firm's proprietors.

R.G. Lawrie Ltd, 38 Renfield Street, Glasgow, were manufacturers of Highland bagpipes, reeds and accessories, including Highland dress and uniforms. The business was founded in the late 19th century by Robert Lawrie who then bought the Aberfeldy bagpipe making business of Gavin C MacDougall in 1913. Lawrie's advertising literature in the 1930s described the use of cocuswood from the West Indies, ebony from Gaboon and African blackwood, West African ivory for decorative mounts, sheepskin for pipe bags, and cane for reeds being produced at the rate of 50,000 annually.

This piece comes from the Glen and Ross Collection of musical instruments which were preserved in the shop of 'J & R Glen, Highland Bagpipe Makers' until it closed about 1978. This was the business founded in 1827 by Thomas McBean Glen in the Cowgate in Edinburgh, dealing in and repairing musical instruments. His brother, Alexander Glen, specialized in bagpipe-making and was succeeded by his son David. Thomas' sons, John and Robert Glen, succeeding to the business in 1866, probably did most to collect instruments and their antiquarian interests were carried on by Andrew Ross who acquired the business from the Glens in 1947. The National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland purchased the bagpipe collections from the family in 1983.

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