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Illustrating Clay Pipes

Illustrator Tom Small has created a workshop slideshow on how he went about recording Clay Pipes for the National Trust for Scotland

Thomas Small MAAIS MIfA, shows how he went about a single pipe, found during excavations in 2002 in the grounds of Newhailes House, a property in Musselburgh on the edge of Edinburgh. The pipe dates to approximately the latter half of 1850 - 1900: The 'TW' mark may have had different meanings, but could well represent the initials of the manufacturer Thomas White, who became sufficiently popular that others copied the mark.

As to the meaning of the hand on the side of the bowl, it is not precisely clear, but might represent the Red Hand of Ulster, since pipes featuring Irish designs were very popular in the Nineteenth century.


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Illustrating Clay Pipes - by BAJR - 17th April 2012, 11:15 AM

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