Ringo Bowen wrote a fantastic article on this, worth a read - Here
There are several things that we consider when trying to identify a bagpipe.
1. Silver hallmarks – they can tell us a lot of information, however silver can be removed or added so it is not always 100% accurate.
2. Makers name stamp – some early pipemakers stamped their name on their bagpipes, but not always. Chanters were more commonly stamped.
3. General profile – This picture below, courtesy of Thomas Doucet of Thomas Pipe Works shows how different the bells of a drone can be -
4. Mounts and ferrules – A long list of materials has been used over the years, here are some examples -
Marine Ivory(Walrus Tusk) – Used often on Victorian era pipes, before African elephant ivory became available.
5. Stocks – the shape of the stocks is a very important aspect when considering who turned a particular bagpipe.
6. Combing and Beading – Often makers used certain patterns and tools to identify their work. e.g. Henry Starck made deep, rounded beads……but so did MacDougall and Gillanders……hmmmmm. Who made the stock below??
7. Internal bores -
Use the drop-down menu to look at some different comparisons.( i.e. Sinclair or MacPherson? ),
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