On 10 November 1775, by Act of the Continental Congress, two Battalions of Marines were raised, thus forming the United States Marine Corps. Since that time, Marine pipers have been engaged in every combat action where Marines have fought, "from the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli." It is only fitting that America’s premiere, elite fighting force should have its own Limited Edition set of Bagpipes.
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) Limited Edition Bagpipes© are the result of more than eleven years of design work, by Captain Justin Stodghill. Each USMC set is made of properly aged, air-dried, hand-turned African Blackwood or Cocobolo, with Minimal Combing and includes a MacLellan African Blackwood Solo Bagpipe Chanter.
As standard, the USMC Limited Edition Bagpipes are "half-mounted" with .925 sterling silver (ferrules, ring caps, slides, mouthpiece tube, and personalized shield) expertly handcrafted by Master Silversmith Roddy MacLellan. The unique design created for this set also includes Bronze beading on Ferrules and Caps with Bronze accents on the Mouthpiece Tube.
Standard projecting mounts, bushings and mouthpiece bulb are available in a variety of materials including (but not limited to) boxwood, hard maple, imitation ivory, cocobolo, and African Blackwood. Each set of MacLellan Silver is then sent to Master Engraver, David Davidse, of Truehand Engraving.
David has taken the original concept and created a truly unique and timeless classic featuring the Eagle, Globe and Anchor and an original background pattern, the "Leatherneck Scroll," based on the Marine Corps Mameluke Sword.
Only 25 of these sets will be made. Cocobolo or African blackwood mounted with engraved sterling silver $5800.00
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