Robert G. Lawrie started making bagpipes in Glasgow in 1881, around the same time as Peter Henderson. Between 1881 and 1900, there were many similarities between these two pipemakers. The consensus is that many of the wood turners in Glasgow moved back and forth between these two businesses, and that Lawrie himself may have worked for Hendersons for some time before going out on his own.
The set below is flat combed, chalice topped and was made in the late 50′s, early 60′s.
Catalin bushings give us an idea of the age.
Side profile of the tenor tops
Nickel ringcaps with catalin bushings
A close-up of the cords beads and chalice top
This next set was made prior to WW1, and produces a magnificent tone!
Lawrie's distinctive closed nickel ferrule. Note the slight taper
This Lawrie is circa 1900. The beads on both projecting mounts are similar in size.
After 1908, John MacColl took over as manager of the Lawrie shop. Some slight changes were made at this point. The bead on the bottom projecting mount was made larger than the top mount.
The bell and fountain has a finer profile with a sweeping look to it.
Bells and fountains from a circa 1930's set.
Beaded, closed, tapered nickel ferrules were a Lawrie trademark look.
The tapered nickel ferrule compared to a standard straight cut one.
Lawrie stocks, beefy and tapered.
Another common Lawrie bagpipe is the flat combed style with blackwood projecting mounts and tapered nickel ferrules.
This set has unique thin ivory/celluloid ring caps. You will see many Lawrie sets with mix and match ringcaps and bushes
Flat combed Lawrie stocks with their distinctive tapered, closed, beaded nickel ferrules.