Briar tobacco pipe with case, England, 1890-1925
Briar pipes are made from ground level wood of the heath tree. The mouthpiece is made from vulcanite (hardened rubber) and is marked with the maker’s initials. Shredded tobacco is placed in the bowl of the pipe and lit, and the smoke inhaled through the mouthpiece. The pipe was carried around in a velvet lined leatherette case. It is shown here with two otehr briar pipes (A652832 and A652838).
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Glossary: briar tobacco pipe