Skull shaped clay tobacco pipe, France, 1845-1900

Made:
1845-1900 in Saint-Omer
Clay tobacco pipe, stub stemmed figural, bowl only in form of bearded man's head, religious figure with cross on Clay tobacco pipe, stub stemmed figural, bowl only in form of bearded man's head, religious figure with cross on

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Clay tobacco pipe, stub stemmed figural, bowl only in form of bearded man's head, religious figure with cross on
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Clay tobacco pipe, stub stemmed figural, bowl only in form of bearded man's head, religious figure with cross on
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Clay tobacco pipe, stub-stem variety, incomplete, stem missing, modelled as skull, with stem socket coming off from neck at an acute angle, impressed mark of Louis Fiolet, St. Omer, Pas-de-Calais, French, 1845-1900

Modelled as a skull, this clay tobacco pipe was made by Louis Fiolet in St Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France. Fiolet founded his business in 1746 and was known for his ornamental and human-shaped tobacco bowls. Shredded tobacco was packed into the bowl, lit and the vapours inhaled through a wooden or reed stem, which is missing from this example. Tobacco was introduced into France in the late 1550s and like elsewhere was popular for its taste and nicotine boost.

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A114760
type:
tobacco pipe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pipe - smoking equipment
  • animal remains
credit:
Glendining