Píobaire, An, Volume 8, Issue 3, Page 12

Píobaire, An, Volume 8, Issue 3, Page 12


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Píobaire, An 8 3 12 20120622 T HE SET OF PIPES shown at the bottom of the page was sold at auction by Ewbank Auctioneers, at Burnt Common Auction Rooms in Woking on 6 July 2006. It realised a price of £6,800. The text below shows the catalogue entry on the set, and the auction record may be seen on- line at Fine and Important Set of Union Pipes by Timothy Kenna, Dublin, circa 1800, clearly stamped Kenna, Dublin with the device of a shamrock in six places, of boxwood with turned ivory and brass mounts throughout, the keyless chanter with seven fingerholes and one thumbhole, single regulator with four brass keys with square covers, four drones, the bass drone incorporating a brass U-bend, original and later leather bags, a fragment of the original bel- lows remaining, the bass drone re- paired but generally in very fine condition, chanter length from stock 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.); regulator length from stock 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm.). There is disagreement about Kenna’s dates. Langwill’s 6th edition of his Index of Musical Wind Instrument Makers records the earliest date con- nected with Kenna as 1817. However Baines, in Bagpipes refers to the fam- ily as instrument makers from 1768. In this case, the presence of only one reg- ulator implies a date earlier than 1800. Baines would have called this set Hy- brid Union Pipes, which are normally associated with Scotland. However this terminology has largely been dis- credited in the light of recent work by Sean Donnelly – the Sean Reid Society Journal, 2002. ~ Auction Report ~ FINE & IMPORTANT SET OF UNION PIPES
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