All these pipes are genuine relics of 17th and 18th century life, found in various places from London, Leith and Amsterdam to Jamaica and the Caribbean.
The clay pipe was in use among aboriginal people of the Americas for many years before Europeans arrived on these shores. In fact, pipes and "seegars" were a regular feature of Native American life in the New World.
But it was the British and Dutch explorers who popularized the simple white clay pipe, made in their countries for tobacco.
King James I, the unified king of Scotland and England, hated the "stinck" of the weed, and banned it from court, though he certainly enjoyed the profits from Maryland and Virginia tobacco farms.
The clay pipe gives a dry, clean smoke. The first pipes made were the smallest, dating from 1590 to 1630. They were small because tobacco was expensive and rare. The larger bowls are from later in the 1600s until about 1770.
All these pipes are genuine relics of 17th and 18th century life. I have been gathering them for years. They were found in various places from London, Leith and Amsterdam to Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Most are English though some are Dutch. As you can see, condition varies. I will send you a variety, five for $25.00, plus a stem or two for good measure.