1950 - 1970 Henderson bagpipes
Ever wonder what was under those yellowed catalin mounts? Here's your answer. This is something I'd never attempt! They probably stayed white for about a year and then would gradually start to oxidize back to yellow. This set is from around 1955 or so and the guy who skimmed the catalin swore he'd never do it again...and swore, and swore!
The set to the left is getting close to when they made the big leap into their final profile. You can see it's starting to change just a bit. Under the ferrules and projecting mounts changes had already taken place. Tapered tenons under the mounts had been replaced by straight-sides theaded tenons. The Henderson pipes during the 50's and early 1960's were hit and miss. I've seen and heard some outstanding sets and then some sets that just wouldn't settle down. Hard to pinpoint the reasons.
When you see a Henderson bagpipe with a fat bead on the ferrules and two wide flat beads on the tenor tuning chambers, it's probably an outstanding bagpipe. The same bagpipe in full ivory is seen in the pictures to the right. Brother Will's.
Be very mindful of bagpipes stamped Henderson but look like Lawrie or Hardie. There were some really strange things happening in the very late 60's and early 70's with Henderson. If you don't know what you're buying, write me and send pictures. Below is a set that so obviously made by someone who made for Lawrie that it's not even funny. Yet, it's stamped "Henderson" (picture to the right under the cord beads (holders) and the unsuspecting lay their money down.