Bagpipe (cornemuse)

probably late 19th century
Gaillard (French)

Object Place: France


Chanter length (without reed) 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory, leather, cloth

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Chanter and one drone, both with cylindrical bore. Leather bag with brocaded silk, gilt braid, and fringe. Two stocks of ivory. Ivory blow- pipe with a leather flap which serves as a stop-valve for air. The ivory cap serves as an air-chamber for the chanter and has an auxiliary cap for the drone connected with it; both inserted in one stock. A chanter with bell, both of ivory, seven holes in the front (the lowest one consists of two small holes for half-stopping), a thumb-hole in the rear. The drone has a small decorative bell.


In ink (?) on leather bag: Gaillard; stamped on chanter cap: P. G.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection