DEV-124273: Post-medieval to Modern ceramic clay pipe

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Unique ID: DEV-124273

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An incomplete Post-Medieval to Modern clay tobacco-pipe, probably dating to AD 1787- c. 1807. The surviving portion consists of roughly 50% of the bowl, it's juncture with the pipe as well as the pointed spur. The bowl was originally moulded in two parts and later joined, with the longitudinal seems running along the inside and outside joins of the bowl decorated with moulded foliate decoration. The spur features no maker's marks. The surviving face of the bowl is decorated with a depiction of a male figure kneeling left, bound in chains and with with hands raised in prayer.

Dimensions: Height 39.1mm; length 34.4mm; diameter of stem 8.7mm; width of bowl 21.2mm; weight 5.80g.

The depiction on the bowl is most likely that of an African slave, imitating the design of the prominent ceramic 'Am I not a man and Brother?' medallion produced by Josiah Wedgwood for the Society of the Abolition of Slavery in 1787. The object therefore likely dates to between 1787 and 1807, although the device continued in use, for example by the Women's abolition movement in the 1830s (Guyard 2000). Similar pipes commemorating the battle of Trafalgar were excavated in Poole (Horsey 1992: 170, nos. 145-146), dated to 1805.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Exactly AD 1787
Date to: Circa AD 1807

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.4 mm
Height: 39.1 mm
Thickness: 8.7 mm
Weight: 5.8 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge
Secondary identifier: Mr Thomas Cadbury

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 017615

Materials and construction

Primary material: Ceramic
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: Exeter (District)
Parish or ward: Newtown (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SX9293
Four figure Latitude: 50.72655067
Four figure longitude: -3.5315075
1:25K map: SX9293
1:10K map: SX93SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DEV
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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