Pipe - Clay, Thomas White & Co, Edinburgh, 1823-1876 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 077328 2

This clay tobacco pipe was excavated during one of the digs conducted at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured by Thomas White & Co, Edinburgh, who made pipes between 1823 - 1876.

A pipeful of tobacco was long-lasting and its aroma disguised the stench of Melbourne's streets. The short clay pipe favoured by working men was called a 'cutty'. Being made of brittle clay, these pipes broke easily, explaining the abundance of fragments uncovered at Little Lon. Of the pipes excavated, many were decorated with slogans, patriotic symbols, even jokes and caricatures, hinting at the identities of those who smoked them.
Description for Parent:
Tobacco pipe bowls and stems BOWLS 1 x large pipe with "FRANK" facing stem 1 x med. pipe with oak leaf spur & decoration 1 x small pipe with "WHITE & O EDIN' facing stem 1 x large pipe with long stem & incised circle facing s em and circles & stripes on stem. 1 x plain bowl with unadorned spur. All
Thomas White & Co., Edinburgh, made pipes between 1823 - 1876.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 22 mm (Height), 98 mm (Width), 34 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street, bought a tw stamped pipe at the markets has tw on the pipe as well as a hand around the bowel and is stamped erin and on the otherside sh and co just wondering if it is an original
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Trench Unit Number: 27/22/23
References: L.J.Mahony:The Pits: a methodological analysis of artefacts from the CCS


Arthur Posted on 10 Apr 2012 9:24 AM
can you help recently while doing the garden i came acro pips which look very like the one's you have on your website site 1823 - 1876 i would be greatful if you could help

kind regards
Discovery Centre Posted on 10 Apr 2012 1:58 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Arthur,
We have emailed you personally about your question.
Ryan Posted on 22 Apr 2012 7:34 AM
I found part of a pipe in my yard today while digging. It looks like the one above but seems to have the number "50" impressed into it near the bowl. Well, it looks like the number 50 to me. Any ideas? It seems to be made of clay or stone or something.
Discovery Centre Posted on 22 Apr 2012 9:53 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Ryan, the museum has a free identifications service. Please forward us your query and images of the object through this avenue after having read the guidelines.
sarah Posted on 24 Jun 2012 4:56 AM
hi there i also recently dug up an old clay pipe i believe it to be thomas white as it has the initials tw inside an oval on the bowl. on one side of the bowl there is a heart and on the other side is a harp with erin stamped underneath it i would be grateful if you could help thanks sarah
Discovery Centre Posted on 24 Jun 2012 9:39 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Sarah, We can certainly try and answer your questions about the clay pipe you found. Use our Online">http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/ask-us-a-question/identifications/">Online Form to send us a photograph and the details of where you found it.
Leah Posted on 21 Oct 2012 7:48 PM
I'm having trouble locating the resource that you've used to identify Thomas White & Co's manufacturing dates. Could you please provide the publisher details of 'L.J.Mahony:The Pits: a methodological analysis of artefacts from the CCS?
Discovery Centre Posted on 22 Oct 2012 11:42 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Leah, the publication in question is thesis, and a publicly accessible copy is apparently available at La Trobe University Borchardt Library according to the Trove website. Hope this helps!
Leah Wilson-Barling Posted on 27 Oct 2012 3:44 PM
I was wondering if you had an image of the makers mark of the Thomas White & Co, clay pipe. Reg. No. LL 007328 2.
Thanks, Leah.
Leah Wilson-Barling Posted on 27 Oct 2012 3:54 PM
Has the Thomas White & Co clay pipe makers mark been represented with the initials TW?
Thanks, Leah
Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Oct 2012 11:17 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Leah - we've looked into this and found no image of the makers mark, nor any indication of there being any maker's mark on the pipe; however the object is on display in Melbourne Museum's "Melbourne Story" exhibition; you may wish to come and view the object on display to see if the information you are after is visible on the pipe.

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