Clay Pipe - Ceramic, Thomas Davidson, Glasgow, circa 1861-circa 1891 Archaeology Reg. No: HA 2

Two conjoining fragments of clay pipe stem. Stem is undecorated but has 'Davidson' & 'Glasgow' impressed. Manufactured by Thomas Davidson of Glasgow between circa 1861 and circa 1891.

Davidson may have produced pipes almost exclusively for the export trade.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Godden Mackay Logan Heritage Consultants, 2009
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical

More information

Tagged with: world heritage, royal exhibition building, archaeology, smoking
Themes this item is part of: World Heritage, World Futures, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Western Forecourt Collection
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Secondary Classification: Recreation
Tertiary Classification: smoking
Activity: Recreation
Specific Activity: Smoking
Trench Unit Number: G11/4/8/001
Manufacturer: Thomas Davidson, c 1861-c 1891
References: Humphrey 1969: 15; Macready and Goodwyn 1990: 56; Oswald 1975: 205
  1. [Article - Journal] Humphrey, R. 1969. Clay Pipes from Old Sacramento. Historical Archaeology. 12-33., 1969, 15 Pages
  2. [Book], J Goodwyn, Sarah Macready, Slums and Self-Improvement: The History and Archaeology of the Mechanics Institute, Auckland, and its Chancery Street Neighbourhood, New Zealand Department of Conservation, Wellington, 1990, 1990, 56 Pages
  3. [Article - Journal] Oswald, Adrian. 1975. Clay Pipes for the Archaeologist. British Archaeological Reports. Bar Series No. 14, 1975, 205 Pages


Will Germain Posted on 10 Aug 2010 9:25 AM
I found a marked Davidson pipe stem this afternoon here in New Orleans, LA. It was on the site of shotgun house that was recently torn down. The site has revealed a large amount of early 19th century fragments, most 1st quarter of the 19th century.
ally lyons Posted on 04 Feb 2011 10:32 AM
found a davison clay pipe at the mulgowie hall after the flood,perfect condition except for broken stem
Kate Nelsom Posted on 11 Apr 2011 1:30 PM
I found a marked Davidson pipe on March 17, 2011,I think a leperchun dropped it. I was in the Delaware Bay tonging oysters, perfect conditions
Dave Pollock Posted on 17 Nov 2011 3:50 PM
I found 2 pieces of a Davidson pipe stem at a site in the Pilbara Western Australia (200km south of Port Hedland, right in the absolute middle of nowhere) along with 6 .44 Magnum bullets (got a manufacatured date of 1860's) and a Glass Bottle stop "lea an Perrins" found tat to be made sometime between 1860 and 1900, didnt know worcester sauce had been around that long!
Apparently they bred horses in these remote parts of pilbara in the mid to late 19th century.
Cameron Shurtleff Posted on 01 Apr 2012 7:14 AM
I actually found a whole one of these today.
Larry Fairweather Posted on 26 Jul 2012 9:05 AM
I just found an intact DAVIDSON clay pipe with GLASGOW on the other side while scuba diving here in Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada. Also found on the same day and not to far apart, an W.WHITE / GLASGOW pipe.

It goes to show how far and wide the Hudson Bay Company traded after reading some of these postings.
Tony Lunjevich Posted on 22 Oct 2012 6:02 PM
My beautiful girlfriend just found a mint Thomas Davidson pipe in the Herekino harbour New Zealand while we were netting flounder
Julie Côté Posted on 22 Apr 2013 6:01 AM
My 7 years old daughter Roxanne just find one on a Québec city Beach this afternoon.
Lisa Campbell Posted on 09 Jun 2013 9:56 AM
I have an old clay pipe with "Home Rule" on the bowl. I can barely make out writing on the stem, possibly "glasgow". If anyone can provide me with info on this item, I would greatly appreciate it.
Nathan Martineau Posted on 24 Jul 2013 8:13 AM
I just found a stem of one of these yesterday in Dresden Maine. So cool to read the history and how this pipe company got its name around the world.
R. Hall Posted on 27 Feb 2014 7:07 AM
Found while deer hunting out in the Nevada high desert..part of a clay pipe stem..says: 78 W.White..on other side of stem it says:Glasgow. There is not a road anywhere and had to hike a good hour when I came across a depression in the ground on top of a rim...Would like to know what date this pipe would be from...We did have John C. Fremont exploring a lot of this part of the country. If any one would know anything please contact us.

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