This is not uncommon among pre-1900 pipes of various makes (especially Glen), though no one is quite sure why. The set was stripped (which is how we find the wee hairlines) and refinished. A first-class set of pipes which may live out their lives unnamed. The drone stocks are all original, the chanter and blowstick stocks are replicas with the original mounts affixed. - This is one of the earliest silver and ivory Lawries we've had on the site in a long time.- This old Henderson set could pass for silver and ivory, but is in fact German silver, a high quality precursor to what we now call nickel. The pipes are beautifully made and the ivory is in excellent shape for its age, showing only a few spider lines here and there. The ivory projecting mount on the blowstick was replaced with a matching Henderson mount. All of the pieces are original except for the blowpipe, which is a poly replica with internal valve and the original mount.The set underwent a major refurbishment with hairline cracks, particularly under ferrules, in several pieces. Very few are visible except in one or two places where the browner shade of ebony couldn't be perfectly matched on the bead. The chanter is an old Hardie fitted with the original engraved silver sole.The blowpipe bulb is modern polypenco, and the sleeve is engraved nickel.
This would be an excellent work-a-day set for a young competitive player, or an attractive, easy-to-reed and trouble-free pipe for a learner of any age.
This a bold and vibrant sound more reminiscent of Duncan Mac Dougall, and very steady.
The style also makes them a very lightweight instrument on the shoulder.
One unusual characteristic about this set (and this may be more common than pipers think): while the set is not hallmarked, any piper would call this set "silver and ivory." However, I had the silver professionally tested. They locked like they were digital -- but with life and boldness. The pipes are noticeably heavier than other such mounted pipes, confirming the amount of wood used, especially in the drone may well be later additions.
They came to me as unknown, though educated guesses range, in order, from Henderson to early Lawrie to Donald Mac Phee, the latter being Ron Bowen's considered assessment. The lovely old ebony shows sapwood here and there, adding to the visual character.