Silver tobacco pipe with box, China, 1760-1837

Made:
1760-1837 in China

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Silver tobacco pipe with threaded stem in 4 pieces, enclosed in rectangular leather box, bowl has hallmark, probably assayed in Birmingham with King's head, English, 1760-1837

Made entirely from silver, this pipe can be dismantled into four pieces to fit inside the wooden box. Originally from China, the pipe may well have been acquired by a traveller visiting the area.

The records suggest that the pipe was checked by an assay office in Birmingham to gauge the quality of the metal.

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A652957
Materials:
box, leather, box, velvet, box, wood, mouthpiece, ivory and silver
type:
tobacco pipe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pipe - smoking equipment

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