The Mystery of the Clay Tobacco Pipe

Clay tobacco pipe bearing the initials LD

Clay tobacco pipe bearing the initials LD

Last year when I was working at Hanging Heaton some children brought in a clay tobacco pipe to show me. The bowl was decorated with swags and bore the initials

LD. When we worked on a small excavation in the school grounds several more pieces of similar clay tobacco pipe were recovered. They too had the same pattern of swags and the initials LD.

I have been unable to trace who LD might have been. Can anybody help me with this?

 

 

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2 comments on “The Mystery of the Clay Tobacco Pipe

  1. Annie says:

    I found the exact same type of clay pipe bowl this week in Monk Bretton near Barnsley in a freshly ploughed field sadly no stem attached but the bowl is remarkably in tact do you have any further info on it like year of use ?

    • daveweldrake says:

      Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find out anything more since I wrote the original article. I was hoping that someone who read the piece might be able to supply the answer to where the pipe came from but it hasn’t happened yet. If anyone does know, perhaps they could get in touch.

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