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.
Horn or similar material, double-tubed mouthpiece for a briar pipe. The fitting end is broken off.
Clay pipe bowls excavated from a ditch that was filled in 1883.
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: an animal (top); an Irish pipe with harp and shamrock on other side (middle), and the maker Parnell (bottom).
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.
Clay pipe bowl moulded as the head of a maharajah or one of the three wise men from Matthew’s Gospel.
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...
One ribbed, without spur.
Plain clay pipe bowls, one with maker’s initials on spur.
Kaolin pipe bowls, one with a horse’s hoof for a heel/ spur.
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...
Pipe bowl showing the old draped bust of Queen Victoria, which appeared on coins from 1893.
Kaolin pipe bowl showing the old veiled bust of Queen Victoria, which appeared on coins in 1893.
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 pipe in the shape of a bird’s claw clutching an egg.
Clay pipe in the form of a bird’s claw clutching an egg.
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.