Probably manufactured in the Akron, Ohio, area in the early to mid-19th century, these clay pipes were sold to the denizens for only pennies. For a few pennies more, a stem could be purchased to attach to the pipe, but many people saved their money and used reeds or quills to draw the smoke through the pipe. The brown-gray clay and the ribbed bowls are indicative of pipes from the Akron area. These pipes were inexpensively made were used all day long as the women and men (yes, women smoked these petit pipes, too), as they went about their daily business. So to find two intact is a treasure. Each is about 1 3/8” tall and 1 ½” wide. One does have a small loss of clay on the lip. They each have dark clay “patches” on them; I don’t know what purpose those serve. They are in wonderful condition when you consider they’ve been around for 150+ years.
This would be a wonderful addition to your primitive or tobacciana collection. Please contact us if you have any questions. Please look at the photos closely, they are part of the description of the item. We will always consider any reasonable offer for our pieces.
These are being sold together to add to or start your Early American collection or décor.
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Early American Clay Tobacco Pipe Bowls