James Robertson 1930's & 1940's
Let's continue to explore James Robertson bagpipes. The pictures on this page represent his work from the 1930's and 1940's. Wherever possible I insist on hard documentation, such as a bill of sale or hallmarks to determine the age of a bagpipe. This helps to establish profiles and details that were in use during specific periods. I doubt very seriously that we could determine a "hard" cut-off date for some of the changes however I'm confident that we have generally gotten our facts correct.
The bagpipe to the right is still displaying some of what we saw in the 1920's Robertson bagpipes. We still have an angular tuning chamber, but not quite so severe. The projecting mounts are more rounded as well. The silver on this bagpipe was hallmarked 1938 and there was some question as to whether or not it was original to the set. The stocks are definitely much newer, probably from the 1960's.
These pipes are all tied to the 30's and 40's by means of the profiles, materials, and details. My eye's are drawn to the slightly angular tuning chambers which straightened out during this period and then became convex during the 1950's and 1960's, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Notice that the center scribe lines on the ferrules have disappeared.
The projecting mounts had yet to achieve their massive proportions or exquisite detail. The thickness of Robertson projecting mounts in the 50's and 60's is unique among all known (and unknown) makers. Note the detail that's starting to show itself in the projecting mounts.