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Civil War Era Clay Pipe Bowl - Excellent Condition - Victorian 1800s Authentic Antique

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This is one of the nicest Civil War era clay pipe bowls I have had the pleasure to own! This bowl was dug out of a Civil War era trash pit on private property with the owner's permission. Unlike most of the other pipes that come out of the ground, this one is in excellent shape with only minor chipping at the top of the bowl. Clay pipes were a mainstay with soldiers in both armies. Unlike the other more common, plain, one-piece white clay pipes of the era, pipe bowls like this were often preferred because they were more compact and less likely to break since they lacked a long, fragile stem. When soldiers wanted to pack a bowl next to the fire with one of these, all they needed for a stem was a piece of reed which fit perfectly in the smaller neck of the bowl shown in the pictures.

This artifact has survived decades in the ground but is still fit for duty today. This pipe bowl would love to see use today and would be a great conversation starter. If you rather keep it in its excellent condition as a collection showpiece, this historic piece will gladly fit the bill in that role as well. Together lets keep the history of this piece alive!

Please review the pictures regarding the condition of this piece. The bowl is in excellent condition overall with only a few light chips to the top of the main vessel. The inside came out of the ground clean and has only had the loose soil washed out of it. The line design is sharp and provides an excellent gripping surface. All the telltale signs of age are there and the history of this pipe is clear. This is a very fine example of a Civil War soldier's pipe bowl from the era and it would make a great addition to any collection.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!! Be sure to check out my other items!!

**The half dollar in the pictures is not included as part of this auction. It is shown for size comparison purposes only.

Civil War Era Clay Pipe Bowl - Excellent Condition - Victorian 1800s Authentic Antique


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Material: clay
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