Herring basket clay pipe

Herring basket clay pipe

Clay pipe moulded in the shape of a wicker fishing basket with a herring swimming in through a hole at the base, where the bowl joins the stem.
Pipe mouthpiece

Pipe mouthpiece

Horn or similar material, double-tubed mouthpiece for a briar pipe. The fitting end is broken off.
Ally Sloper Clay Pipe

Ally Sloper Clay Pipe

Ally Sloper was a popular Victorian cartoon character. Here his head adorns a clay pipe, with his nose serving as the spur. The pipe has been in a destructor.
Clay Pipes

Clay Pipes

Clay pipes: an animal (top); an Irish pipe with harp and shamrock on other side (middle), and the maker Parnell (bottom).
Buffalo Bill Clay Pipe

Buffalo Bill Clay Pipe

Clay pipe made in 1887 to commemorate Buffalo Bill’s performance to the queen on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee. Stem incised [… Q]ueens Buffalo Bill.
Maharajah Clay Pipe

Maharajah Clay Pipe

Clay pipe bowl moulded as the head of a maharajah or one of the three wise men from Matthew’s Gospel.
Prince of Wales Clay Pipe

Prince of Wales Clay Pipe

Kaolin pipe bowl showing Edward, crowned as Prince of Wales. The other side shows Princess Alexandra. The second bowl (right) bears the symbol of the Crossed Keys. Originally a papal emblem, it attached to many pubs, and this pipe may have been purchased at a pub of...
Black African Man Clay Pipe

Black African Man Clay Pipe

Clay pipe bowl moulded as the head of a Black African man. Novelty bowls were sometimes sold or given away at pubs whose names they represented. This one may have been smoked at a pub called ‘The Black’s Head’ or similar. (There is still one with...
Dutch Clay Pipe

Dutch Clay Pipe

Made in Holland, smoked in London, dumped in Essex. Dutch clay pipes are distinctive because the bowl sits at about 45 degrees to the stem. This one is in the shape of a tulip – another Dutch import to Victorian London.
Clay Pipes

Clay Pipes

Kaolin pipes, smoked in London and dumped in Essex. Top right, the ‘spur’ or ‘heel’ of the pipe is Ally Sloper, a Victorian cartoon character. Centre left: a basketwork design.
Clay Pipes

Clay Pipes

Pipes from late Victorian dumps in Essex, originally discarded in London. Top left: twisted stem, and an angler’s pipe, on which a pike lurking in the reeds swallows the stem. Then three pipes of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB). Below,...