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Clay tobacco pipe makers’ marks from London

Clay tobacco pipe makers’ marks from London

Clay tobacco pipes were an important part of everyday London life from the end of the 16th century onwards, surviving in considerable quantities from archaeological excavations. Many pipemakers marked their products with their personal initials or symbols, some of which can be identified with documented individuals working in London.

This site is part of a major project being undertaken by MoLAS to create a physical and digital database of clay pipe makers’ marks from London excavations, including both pipes made in the capital and imported from further afield. The first stage of this project focuses on stamped makers’ marks dating to between c 1580 and 1710.

Visit the new microsite on clay tobacco pipes at: www.museumoflondon.org.uk/claypipes/

400 Year Old Dutch Clay Pipe

I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite pipes. I’m fascinated with Dutch history around 1602 with the Dutch East Indies Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie). They established colonial Dutch Indonesia, which is my heritage.

This pipe has been dated to the mid-1600’s. I’ve included a contemporary pipe for size comparison.

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Clay pipes were used in inns during that period. The pipe would start out about the size of a Churchwarden, but as each new guest used them for smoking, they would break off a piece of the stem so they’d have a fresh smoke. This pipe measures about 6 inches, which is pretty long for a surviving pipe from this period.

1629 Historia BelgicaIt’s a nice accompaniment to a 1629 edition I have of Historia Belgica. The Netherlands emerged from the 1558-1567 war between the Low Countries (roughly Belgium, The Netherlands and pieces of Germany) and Spain. The book is a history of that period of time. The author of this book is pro-Spain. This is from my personal collection. This is printed on vellum, the book is bound in goatskin, and this is a Latin translation.