Pipe-bowl, mid 17th century

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Postcard of Pipe-bowl, mid 17th century.
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Pipe-bowl, mid 17th century

This pipe-bowls was made by Thomas Banks of Leith in the mid 17th century. Banks was the son of William Banks, the first Scottish-based manufacturer of clay pipes.

The pipe bears the maker's initials 'T.B.' (for Thomas Banks).

William Banks was established in the Canongate by 1622. He, his sons, and a few other makers in Canongate and Leith supplied the needs of smokers in the Edinburgh area and beyond until the early 18th century.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-570-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NQ 99
Date: Mid 17th century
Dimensions: 49 mm L x 20 mm Dia
What: Pipe, tobacco / head
Subject: Tobacco pipes, snuff boxes (NMAS Classification)
Where: Bellmills
Description: One of twelve pipe-heads from Bellmills
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