13th Oct, 2023 12:00

Precision Instruments | Clocks, Musical & Scientific

Lot 609


the chanter stamped maker's mark, hallmarked silver sole engraved with Celtic knots, turned hardwood (likely cocuswood) body, white metal ferrules and ivory mounts, with velvet cover and gold chords, in carry case (this stamped D.W.Y.) with fitted reed box and further tartan bag cover.

This lot contains elephant ivory material. Several countries, including in the EU and USA, prohibit the importation of ivory items unless under specific conditions. Prospective buyers should familiarise themselves with the relevant customs regulations of their country and ensure they are able to import this item prior to bidding.

Ivory Act 2018 (2022) compliant with APHA registration reference 1XYBBXJC.

Note: These pipes were formerly the property of Donald W. Younger. As per note within box, ...enlisted very much under age with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was in France within two weeks. Following the 1914/18 war, served in India and finished term as a regular in Ireland. Then joined the Life Guards (Cpl. of Horse) - escort to Queen Mother's Coronation. Transfered to Lancers to Rank and returned to India.
1939/45 War - enlisted R.A.F. (Flt.Sgt.) instructing including parachute jumping.
After the War - returned to the kilt and served for very many years as Drum Major with a civilian pipe band, during which period, appeared fourteen consecutive years, one night each year at the Royal Festival Hall

There is no evidence that Donald Younger was a regimental piper in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders regiment.


A condition report is offered as an indication of any issues visible to the naked eye. As none of our staff is a professional conservator or restorer, buyers must satisfy themselves in respect of condition. The condition report does not form part of any contract between McTear's and the buyer, and all lots are offered "as is" in accordance with our Terms of Business available on our website.


Sold for £1,500
Estimated at £1,000 - £1,500

Condition Report

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Crack running down ivory mount to chanter. Other wear as per use and age. Bag appears sound. Discolour to mounts. Slight stiffness to one of the pipes, will need reattached.

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