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Pipe and tabor

Pipe and tabor

  • Place of origin:

    London (Made)

  • Date:

    about 1820 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Falkner & Christmas (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    turned stained boxwood pipe and drum-stick; stretched hides, pine rims and brass shell to tabor.

  • Credit Line:

    Given to the Museum by John Seymour Lucas RA

  • Museum number:

    1563-1902

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The pipe and tabor were widely used in medieval dance music and later by morris dancers. The musician usually played the pipe with his left hand and the tabor, a type of drum, with his right. This pipe and tabor originally belonged to John Seymour Lucas RA (1843 - 1923), a historical painter, who probably intended to use them as an artist's prop.

Physical description

"The Pipe is of stained boxwood, in two joints, with two fingerholes and one thumbhole. Pitch C. The tabor is a shallow side drum with a brass shell ... It is accompanied by its drumstick". Anthony Baines,Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), p. 90.

Place of Origin

London (Made)

Date

about 1820 (Made)

Artist/maker

Falkner & Christmas (made)

Materials and Techniques

turned stained boxwood pipe and drum-stick; stretched hides, pine rims and brass shell to tabor.

Marks and inscriptions

Falkner & Christmas No. 9, Pall Mall London
Stamped on the pipe

Dimensions

Length: 28.5 cm pipe (total), Length: 23.5 cm drum-stick, Diameter: 28.5 cm diameter of tabor

Object history note

This instrument was given to the musem in 1902, by Seymour Lucas RA (1843-1932), a histoircal painter.

Descriptive line

Pipe and tabor, English, stained boxwood pipe and stick, and drum with brass shell, Falkner & Christmas, about 1850.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments.<.i> (London, 1998), p. 90

Labels and date

PIPE AND TABOR
London; about 1850
The pipe is stamped Falkner & Christmas No. 9, Pall Mall, London. Stained boxwood pipe.
Non-Keyboard Catalogue No.: 21/7
The pipe and tabor were widely used for dance music during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The pipe was played with the left hand and the drum with the right. These instruments were probably used as a toy.

1563-1902 [pre September 2000]

Materials

Boxwood; Hide; Brass

Techniques

Turning; Staining

Categories

Musical instruments

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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