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

early 18thc Wentworth Castle, ceiling painting
The pipe and tabor seem to have been sold alongside all other musical instruments whether in a shop, warehouse or by
auction throughout the 18th century.

1754 Advertisement in the Caledonian Mercury:

1754 Edinburgh advertisement

21st November 1754, London Evening Post

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...."

Gedney advertisement:


29 October 1764, Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser

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;.....’

Thorowgood advertisment

In the time of George II (r. 1727-1760) duty was levied on the sale of tabor pipes:George II

“Pipes for Tabors 4s the dozen” St James's Gazette - Tuesday 19 April 1898, ''The Art World'

1770 Joshua Collins advertisement in the
Manchester Mercury - Tuesday 13 November 1770

1770 advertisement

1756 and 1763 Newcastle

John Hawthorn's, on the Side just below St. Nicholas's Church. Hawthorn was a clockmaker and traded in Newcastle from 1756 until his death in 1778. His advertisements, which varied little through the decades, are typical of those appearing in local newspapers:

 "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 for
Thomas Underwood, Bath [detail] 1769 advertisement
1772 advertisement Newspaper advertisement for Robert Massey from the Manchester Mercury - Tuesday 26 May 17721772 seller
17771777Advertisement in the Oxford Journal - Saturday 26 April 1777

1781/2 exhibition reported in Leeds Mercury - 
Saturday 28 February 1903

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


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 ....."

British Library


Chester Courant - Tuesday 04 March 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.



“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”

Longman & Broderip advertisement

The Chester Courant - Tuesday 04 July 1797 advertised
the stock of the late Mrs French for sale which included:
“Several capital hautbois, clarinets and a tabor and pipe”

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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