Reed Stem Clay Pipe Bowls 1865 Country of Origin-United States; Period-Mid 19th Century: Style-Common, Reed Stem Clay Pipe Bowls 1865 Materials/Color-Clay: Manufacturer-Home Industry, Hand Made; Description-Seven (7) Pipe Bowls; Made from red and tan colored clay slightly acute angle; Round undecorated bowl and stem; Bowl tapers from top to bottom and stem expands toward end. Produced by home industry. The blackened pipes were achieved by allowing portions of the burning wood of the kiln to fall into the iron kettles that were used as saggers for the firing of pipes; Size-1.75 inches tall by 1.5inches long by 1inch wide; Condition-Good.
These pipe bowls predate any actual factories in the Pamplin area and were handmade by a home industry and at the time these were made pipe manufacturing was known to be an older woman’s profession. They would use soapstone molds, and fire the clay pipes in the fireplace, then they would market them in nearby towns. Just after the Civil War in 1866 the shipwreck of the Bertrand included in her cargo numerous small red clay pipe bowls and reed stems which were identified as coming from the Pamplin area of Virgina.
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Civil War Era Smoking Pipes 1865. Pamplin Depot, hand made, Pamplin Virginia $50.00 each
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