LVPL-F817B5: Post medieval to Modern: Tobacco pipe bowl

Rights Holder: National Museums Liverpool
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: LVPL-F817B5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

An incomplete cast copper alloy pipe bowl from a toy whistle, of Post Medieval to Modern dating (1800 to 1900 AD).

The pipe bowl is incomplete, missing parts of the sides. The pipe bowl has a pointed base. The sides of the pipe bowl have been decorated. This decoration comprises a line made of joining arches, running around the bowl at its mid point. Below the line, is a regularly spaced pattern of raised pellets. Above the line, the bowl is smooth, apart from a row of dots placed in the gaps of the line of arches.

The pipe bowl is a dark green colour, with an even surface patina.

It measures 30.55mm tall, 22.17mm wide and 19.47mm thick. The metal is 1.25mm thick. The internal diameter of the bowl is 18.08mm. The internal diameter of the hole for the stem is 4.80mm. It weighs 13.9 grams.

This pipe bowl has been identified by Dr David Higgins as belonging to a toy whistle, of Late Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Century dating, possibly of German origin. More information on these toy whistles is available in a back issue of the Newsletter published for the Society of Clay Pipe Research (Higgins, 2009, 43-46).

Higgins, D. 2009 Metal Pipes and Toy Whistles. Society for Clay Pipe Research Newsletter. 76. p43-46.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1800
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 30.55 mm
Width: 22.17 mm
Thickness: 19.47 mm
Weight: 13.9 g

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Dr David Higgins

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Other
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: West Lancashire (District)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SD4106
Four figure Latitude: 53.5473
Four figure longitude: -2.8919
1:25K map: SD4106
1:10K map: SD40NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: SUR-265BD5
Object type: TOBACCO PIPE
Broadperiod: MODERN
A metal apparent tobacco pipe made of some form of pewter or lead-based alloy - probably the same material as was used to make cast metal sol…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: KENT-EA8988
Object type: WHISTLE
Broadperiod: MODERN
The warped pewter bowl from a modern tobacco pipe shaped whistle dating to the late 19th century. Description: The fragment represents the bo…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: NARC-6E7E81
Object type: WHISTLE
Broadperiod: MODERN
David Higgins of Liverpool University comments: "These bowls are presumably made of some form of pewter or lead based alloy rather than pure …
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.