Dating clay pipes
Most date from the 1860s and were produced into the first decades of the twentieth century.Read more here: AIxf0The popularity and prevalence of clay pipes was snuffed out again when WW1 exploded onto the scene in 1914. At the outbreak of WW1, many tobacco companies began to distribute cigarettes to military personnel, which eventually led to their inclusion into military rations.Face styles were also introduced during this period, featuring military and political figures.Clay pipes unearthed at the old Sittingbourne Paper Mill site in the Swale district of Kent, England.
No one knows for sure who made the first clay pipes. From the decorative to the mundane, I’ve always been intrigued by clay tobacco pipes.They’re some of the most curious artifacts in my personal collection because of the stories they tell.As their craft and the styles of Europe progressed throughout the 17Pipe production remained strong through the later part of the 1600’s and the early 1700s, especially in the port cities of England and the Netherlands.However, English production faltered during the middle of the 18 Century due to various reasons.