Featured 18th Century Figural Tobacco Pipe

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Wendlekins, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. Wendlekins

    Wendlekins Member

    I recently acquired this old Tobacco pipe .
    The silver hallmark dates it to 1798 .
    I wondered what wood it could be made from .
    Any help on this pipe much appreciated B33C9DC9-FC57-43BF-9FB0-0198975A3FA9.jpeg 7F7C8D07-D62E-4577-B146-17147481C046.jpeg
  2. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    Briarwood, from the root of a shrub called Erica Arborea.
  3. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Hi Wendlekins!

    The most common type of wood for pipe making is Briar, and that looks to be used on yours.

    [davey beat me to it!]
  4. Wendlekins

    Wendlekins Member

    Thank you very much ! Very helpful , will read up on it now
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  5. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    I'm not disputing your silver hallmark date. However, the decorative motifs on the pipe seem later to me; from the modeling of the face I would think more 1860-80. Just my .02.
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  6. 808 raver

    808 raver Well-Known Member

    What country are you in? I suspect the pipe has a UK hallmark? I have a large collection of clay figural pipes but this is a real stunner, does the stem have a hole for a separate mouth piece?
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  7. Wendlekins

    Wendlekins Member

    Here is the Chester Hallmark :)
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  8. Wendlekins

    Wendlekins Member

    I’m in England and I’ve added the photo of the hallmark , I don’t think it has a separate mouthpiece.
    Glad you like it
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  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!


    if it's a pipe...it would have had a stem...
  10. Wendlekins

    Wendlekins Member

    Oh I see it must be missing thank you
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  11. 808 raver

    808 raver Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Oct 20, 2020
  12. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    Looks much more like 1727 or 1798. 1917...the loop at bottom right is the other direction.
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  13. 808 raver

    808 raver Well-Known Member

    Yup sorry, I made a mistake, it wasn't 1917 it's 1902, all the rest of the marks have more than just the wheatsheaf and lion.
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  14. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

  15. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    It's a LOVELY carving!
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  16. Wendlekins

    Wendlekins Member

    Thank you , glad you like it .
    It feels to be so much older than 1902 especially the carving and the feel of it but appreciate the advice .
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  17. 808 raver

    808 raver Well-Known Member

    I'm sure many would agree if it did have a 1798 hallmark then most pipe collectors would assume the silver wasn't original. As things stand it's all right and original. I don't collect wooden pipes but when I've been looking at clay pipes at auction I'm sure I've seen this exact pipe go up for auction on ebay, of course I may be mistaken but I think it made £100's around 5-10 years ago.
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  18. Wendlekins

    Wendlekins Member

    Thank you for info , I think it’s quite unusual for a briar pipe
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  19. Wendlekins

    Wendlekins Member

    87C5B488-5C43-40C3-B63C-6F55CD55E4AC.jpeg Here’s a photo showing the side of the pipe
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  20. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    I just found a bunch of pipes today in a clearance, don't seem to get many these days.
    They are certainly not as nice as yours but one has a silver band and may be ivory or bone.

    They reminds me of my uncle in the 60's, he had a pipe rack in the form of a farm gate the same as these.

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