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Old 11-25-2018, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default Bagpipe mouthpiece from a local museum

I was visiting a museum here in Quebec city, I stumbled upon what was described as a bagpipe mouthpiece from before the mid 19th century. It is made of ivory and is tiny (I placed my hand as close as I could for scale), much too narrow in my opinion to be of any use as a mouthpiece (at least for a GHB). Do any of you recall seeing something like this on some other type of pipes?



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perhaps it belonged to a smaller, French-style bagpipe such as musette du cours?
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Old 11-26-2018, 04:58 AM   #3
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I can't really see it, to be honest. The size is impractical for airflow on any bagpipe; what's the hole in the side for? and the joint makes no aesthetic sense. No idea what it is, but I think deciding it's a bagpipe part is a bit of a leap.
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Old 11-26-2018, 12:03 PM   #4
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Hi, seems more likely that it is a wooden textile bobbin - something quite similar can be found here on Ebay UK.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wood-Spoo...8AAOSwZvRaciKA

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Old 11-26-2018, 03:48 PM   #5
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Hi, seems more likely that it is a wooden textile bobbin - something quite similar can be found here on Ebay UK.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wood-Spoo...8AAOSwZvRaciKA

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And why ivory? It does not look like ivory at all
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Old 11-26-2018, 03:51 PM   #6
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And why ivory? It does not look like ivory at all
I mean: the colour of ivory can change substantially depending on the soil in which the item was found but the grain looks much more like bone;
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Old 11-28-2018, 03:24 AM   #7
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I'm pretty much as confused as you guys. I sent an email asking more details to the museum, and they replied that they will send a request for information to our local university's archeology department. That'll hopefully tell us more.

And will103, it does indeed look like one of those bobbins with the wire at the base removed. My guess is you're right on the money!
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I'm pretty much as confused as you guys. I sent an email asking more details to the museum, and they replied that they will send a request for information to our local university's archeology department. That'll hopefully tell us more.

And will103, it does indeed look like one of those bobbins with the wire at the base removed. My guess is you're right on the money!
A few days ago on FAcebook bagpipe sales group there was a set of vintage bellows blown smallpipes - “ cornmuese” catching my eye that had tenor drones looking very similar to this item.
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Old 11-28-2018, 07:52 PM   #9
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Greetings to All.

Well... Hmmm... My first thoughts... at least in regard
to the size of it... run thusly...

Stated to be before 1845... our general size(s) being
now substantially greater... larger... than then... it may
well be... an appropriate mouthpiece... for a then-size
fellow.

Back in the 60s... a mate of mine sent off for a used
MoD Scots kilt... but was from a private party... that
was marked as a "Medium."

Well... it arrived... and it probably well fitted the young
Glaswegian soldier to whom it was first issued... and it
would most certainly fit... my friend's 12 year old daughter...
but it certainly... wasn't going to fit... him!! :)

As for the material? Possibly narwhale... or some such...??

Ah... research!! Something to help keep us all up at night!! :)

Regards to All,

Pip01




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