the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

England: history of the pipe and tabor

18th century makers and sellers

The pipe and tabor seem to have been sold alongside all other musical instruments
whether in a shop, warehouse or by auction.
18th century pipe 18th century pipe

1754 Advertisement in the Caledonian Mercury:

1754 Edinburgh advertisement also on July 15th 1754 Edinburgh Evening Courant

1754 Gedney advertisement:

instruments he made: "...and greatly excels any other Maker, viz. in Bassoons, approv’d on and recommended by Mr. Millar, and other eminent Masters on that Instrument; also Hautboys to the greatest Perfection, the nearest [i.e., neatest] and best Travers or German Flutes of all Sizes, English Flutes ditto, Fifes, Tabor Pipes, Pitch Pipes, &c...."

21st November 1754, London Evening Post


1764 Thorowgood advertisment
Among a very long list of instruments sold and services provided:

‘.....Trumpets, Tail-Pieces, Tabors, ditto Pipes, Tenors,
Violins of all Prices, small Violins, Violoncellos, Welch Harps.
All Musical Instruments repaired;.....’

29 October 1764, Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser

In the time of George II (r. 1727-1760) duty was levied on the sale of tabor pipes:George IIPipes for Tabors 4s the dozen”
St James's Gazette - Tuesday 19 April 1898, ''The Art World'

1769 advertisement in 'A Catalogue of Vocal and instrumental Musick Printed for and sold
by PeterWelcker at his Muisck Shop in Gerrard Street St Ann's Soho London':
Treatise on Musick included
“…Pipe and Tabor Scale - - -- 0-6”

1770 advertisement
1770 advertisementManchester Mercury - Tuesday 13 November 1770

1756 and 1763 Newcastle

Hawthorn traded from 1756 until his death in 1778. His advertisements varied little through the decades.

 "JOHN HAWTHORN, CLOCK and WATCHMAKER, At the DIAL, in the HEAD of the SIDE, Newcastle,
MAKES, mends, and sells all Sorts of CLOCKS and WATCHES; ... Where may be had, Music and Musical
Instruments, viz. Violins, Cases and Bows for D°, Hautboys, German Flutes of all Sorts, Fifes, Flageolets,
Tabor and Pipes
, kolian Harps, Mock Trumpets, Pitch-pipes, French Horns, Reeds for Hautboys and
Bassoons, Wire for Harpsichords, Hammers for D°, Mutes for Violins and Basses, Bridges, Pins and Nuts
for D°, Music Stands, Reed Cases, rul'd Books, rul'd Paper, Mouth-Pieces for French Horns, &c. Also
Books of Instruction for the above Instruments, Country Dances, Hornpipes, Minuets, a great Quantity
of Music, and Songs set to Music, with great Choice of the best Roman ...."

1769 Newspaper advertisement [detail]1769 advertisementBath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 21 September 1769
1772 Newspaper advertisement 1772 sellerManchester Mercury - Tuesday 26 May 1772

1777 advertisement1777Oxford Journal - Saturday 26 April 1777

1781/2 exhibition

"pipes and tabors are included in
a musical instrument makers list"

reported in Leeds Mercury -  Saturday 28 February 1903


178617861786Bury and Norwich Post - Wednesday 02 August 1786
17881788Stamford Mercury - Friday 08 August 1788
1789 newspaper advertisement: 1789Stamford Mercury - Friday 19 June 1789

1790 London

Preston and Son, musical instrument makers, music-printers, publishers, and dealers in second-hand
musical instruments, at their wholesale warehouses, No. 97, Strand, and Exeter 'change, London, manufacture
and sell the following, with every other article in the music branch, wholesale, retail, and for exportation:
Chamber organs Barrel organs Harpsichords spinnets Piano-fortes Grand piano-fortes Portable grand
piano-fortes Guitairs of all prices Patent piano-forte guittars Violins of all prices Kits and small violins
Tenor violins Violoncellos Viol de gambos double basses French horns Hunting horns Trumpets Kettle
drums Dulcimers ¡olian and bath harps Bassoons Tenoroons, or vauxhamanes Bagpipes, Scotch or Irish
German flutes, ivory, ebony, cocoa, and box, tipped or plain Patent German flutes Hautboys, tipped or
plain Clarionets, ditto English flutes, ditto, all sizes Bird flutes, ditto Flagelets, ditto Fifes of all sorts,
Pipes and tabors Sticcado pastorales, or metallic armonicas pitch pipes, all sizes Steel forks for tuning
harpsichords, spinnets, violins, guittars, &c. Harpsichord and spinnet hammers Crow and raven quills
Desks for harpsichords New-invented portable music-desks Rosin boxex, wood or ivory Mutes, brass,
box, or ivory Mouth-pieces for French horns or trumpets, brass or ivory Mouth-pieces for German flutes
Pens to rule music paper Ruled books of all sizes ....."

Welcome Collection

1794 To be Sold By Auction:
The goods of Mr William Glegg Dod, music seller and
stationer: which included English flutes, fifes, tabor and pipes.

Chester Courant - Tuesday 04 March 1794


1797 advertisement for Longman & Broderip:
“French Horns Ear Horns Glove Horns Hunting Horns Trumpets Kettle Drums … Bassoons Tenoroons, or Vauxhumanes Bagpipes, Scotch or Irish German Flutes, Ivory, Ebony, Cocoa, and Box, tipp’d or plain Hautboys tipp’d or plain Clarinets ditto English Flutes ditto, all sizes Bird Flutes ditto Flagelets ditto Fifes of all sorts ditto Pipes and Tabors Sticcado or Metallic Armonicas Pitch Pipes, all sizes”


the stock of the late Mrs French for sale which included: “Several capital hautbois, clarinets
and a tabor and pipe

The Chester Courant - Tuesday 04 July 1797

Tradecard for Broderip & Wilkinson, music sellers and musical instrument makerstradecard

1797 [part of advertisement]

1797Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 14 December 1797



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