Pipe-bowl, mid 17th century

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Pipe-bowl, mid 17th century

This clay pipe-bowl was made by William Banks, the first Scottish-based manufacturer of clay pipes, who was based in the Canongate in Edinburgh. It dates from the mid 17th century.

On the underside of the pipe a castle has been stamped. The heel has 'W.B.' (for 'William Banks') inscribed on each side.

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: 000-100-001-577-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NQ 222
Date: Mid 17th century
Material: Inscription: On underside: [castle] / on each side of heel: W.B.
Dimensions: 43 mm L x 16 mm Dia
What: Pipe, tobacco / head
Subject: Tobacco pipes, snuff boxes (NMAS Classification)
Description: One of two pipe-heads with a castle stamped on the underside and W.B. on each side of the heel
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