Clay smoking pipe from 18 or 19th C

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Clay smoking pipe from 18 or 19th C

Clay pipes were ubiquitous in the earlier centuries and can be seen in many photos of sailors prior to 1900. They would be included with rations as sundry items and discarded overboard routinely. This corresponds with the location of its discovery off George's Island in Halifax. In addition, I found 3 other pipe bowls, with hand carvings, one with a stamp reading Garibaldi, after the Italian President credited with uniting Sicily with mainland Italy in the 1860s. It's fascinating to know that sailors smoked from these pipes hundreds of years ago as even still smoking helps take away boredom on the sea.

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