French Musette Bagpipe


This bagpipe was made by an unknown maker in France, around 1775-1799. It is a musette bagpipe, bellows blown, with a sewn leather bag with 2 covers of faded and discolored material. It has rosewood pipes and stocks with ivory ferrules. The main chanter is cylindrical with a double reed, thumhole, 7 fingerholes (the lowest double), and 6 brass keys. The auxiliary chanter is flat and pear-shaped with a blind bore, double reed, and 8 brass keys. The auxiliary chanter stock is closed at the top and joined to the main chanter stock. 4 drones are housed in a short thick shuttle drilled with 13 narrow interconnecting passages. 5 ivory sliders (2 for the bass drone) on the sides of the shuttle permit selection of drones and tuning.

Date Made: 1775 - 1799

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France

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Credit Line: Gift of The University Museum, University of Pennsylvania

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.65.0649Accession Number: 1991.0406Catalog Number: 65.0649

Object Name: bagpipe

Physical Description: satin (ribbons material)cotton (strap material)metal (keys material)rosewood (overall material)ivory (overall material)silk velvet (overall material)leather (overall material)Measurements: bass drone and stock: 24.2 cm; 9 17/32 inmain chanter: 25.6 cm; 10 3/32 inauxiliary chanter: 21.4 cm; 8 7/16 inbellows: 21 cm x 5 cm; 8 9/32 in x 1 31/32 inbag: 50.8 cm; 20 in


Record Id: nmah_606613

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