Bagpipe (Northumbrian pipes)

mid-19th century
Probably by James Reid (English, 1813–1874)

Object Place: North Shields, England


Chanter length (without reed) 27.8 cm (10 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory, cocuswood, silver, oak, leather, cloth

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Europe, Musical Instruments



Chanter and four drones. Leather bag covered with dark blue velvet. Three stocks, silver tips. Drones of ivory richly embellished with silver tips and long joint tubes of silver; inverted conoidal bores with very small taper and stopped at the ends; single reeds. Chanter of ebony, cylindrical bore, stopped at the lower end; seven fingerholes in the front, a thumbhole in the rear; seven silver keys mounted on knobs.
Cocuswood chanter pipes with silver keys, ivory drone pipes with silver mounts; bag covered with cotton velveteen with pleated silk trim.


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