Displayed here is Germander Speedwell's collection of decorated clay pipe bowls, all personally found on the Thames foreshore, and dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. (Last updated January 2018)
Many thanks to Heather of Dawnmist Studio - www.dawnmist.org - for identifying several of these. Any further info is welcomed - contact email@example.com.
Other splendid examples, found by accomplices of Germander, can be seen on this page.
Left and above:
This pipe, with the figure of Britannia on one side, and a figure appearing to hold a document on the other, commemorates a Bill of Rights passed in 1820-30, repealing clauses of the Magna Carta.
The text on the bowl is:
KING AND CONSTITUTION
MAGNA CHARTA BILL OF RIGHTS
The text on the full stem is:
NEW ST, HORSLEY DOWN
(The maker's initials on left and right of spur are:
S / L - likely to be Samuel Lewis).
Horsley Down was a previous parish/sub-district on the south side of London Bridge in Southwark.
Above: pipe from the 1740's, probably commemorating Admiral Vernon's victory over Spanish Admiral Don Blas de Lezo at the battle of Cartagena. Note the delightful chequered knee breeches and ribboned garters.
FACES AND HEADS:
HEELS AND SPURS WITH MAKERS' SYMBOLS:
FLOWERS and PLANTS:
HANDS AND CLAWS:
OTHER SUBJECTS AND DECORATIONS: