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Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-Century Marked Clay Tobacco Pipes From Ferryland, Newfoundland

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RB Incuse. Stamped on heel. Between the initials is the symbol of a dagger above a heart.
Stem bore size: 8/64ths
Both pipe bowl and mark attributed to Bristol pipemaker Richard Berryman 1619-52. Refer to Walker 1977:1408.

Crowned rose Relief. Stamped on heel.
On either side of the rose are the numbers 1 and 6.
Stem bore size: 8/64ths
Pipe bowl of Dutch manufacture dating from 1625-45 (Duco 1981).
Mark identified as Dutch and dated by Oswald (1969:138) to the first half of the seventeenth century.

EL Incuse. Stamped on heel.
Stem bore size: 8/64ths
Fragment of stem and heel only, but mark identified as Bristol pipemaker Edward Lewis (1631-40/1) or Elizabeth Lewis (1652). Refer to Walker 1977:1456.

TG Incuse. Stamped on heel.
Stem bore size: 7/64ths
Incomplete and finely burnished pipe bowl, its form appears similar to Wiltshire or Bristol pipes from the first half of the seventeenth century.
Possible maker: Thomas Grigg, Bristol pipemaker apprenticed in 1630/1 (Walker 1977:1155).

Thistle/Tulip Relief. Stamped on heel with circular pearled bordering.
Stem bore size: 7/64ths
Pipe fragment consists mostly of stem and heel, but origin very likely Dutch.
John H. McCashion identifies similar mark as a Dutch thistle (1635-45).
Duco (1981) gives several examples called tulip and leaves (1655-70).
Oswald (1969:141) dates this Dutch mark from 1630-70.

IS Relief. Stamped on heel, IS or SI monogram.
Pipe bowl Dutch, Bristol or London manufacture, first half of the seventeenth century.
Stem bore size: 8/64ths
Pernambucano de Mello 1983:284 identifies an IS/SI monogram from a Dutch site dated (1634-45).
Duco (1981) lists two IS makers from Amsterdam and one from Gouda.
Amsterdam: John Smith (1620); Jan Scheppert (1627). Gouda: Symen Jans (1643).
Cheminant 1981:130 illustrates a IS monogram pipe from London dating 1640

DM? Relief. Stamped on heel.
Mark partially worn but appears to be the crowned initials DM with stars on the sides and a pipe in the middle of the initials.
Stem bore size: 7/64ths
Fragmentary pipe bowl is of Dutch origin dating between 1625-45 (Duco 1981:454). Maker may be Daniel Mourisz from Gouda (1669); or Dirck Anderies Mine (1661) from Leiden. Refer to Duco 1981.

PT Incuse. Stamped on heel.
Stem bore size: 8/64ths
Pipe bowl similar to Barnstaple pipes dated 1630-60.
May be Barnstaple pipemaker Peter Takell (d. 1637). Refer to Grant and Jemmett 1985:473.

Oak Leaf/W Incuse. Stamped on heel.
Mark looks like a W but is also referred to as an incuse bar shape or an oak leaf.
Stem bore size: 7/64ths
Pipe bowl manufactured in the West Country of England, possibly Barnstaple or Plymouth and dated from 1620-50. See Grant and Jemmett 1985:506; Oswald 1969:129.
Similar mark identified by Oswald in Noel Hume as an oak leaf (1979:30).

Tudor Rose Relief. Stamped on heel.
Stem bore size: 6/64ths
Pipe bowl and mark identified by Oswald (1969:139) as Dutch manufacture. Mark dated by Atkinson and Oswald (1972:182) to 1615-40; Duco 1981:257 dates mark from 1630-45.

IS Relief. Stamped on heel. Stylized tobacco plant between initials.
Stem bore size: 7/64ths
Bowl shape London style dated 1640-60. Refer to Walker 1977:1529; Oswald 1975:37.
Possible makers: John Smith (1634); John Stevens (1644).

©1999, Barry Gaulton
Archaeology Unit, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Photographs by Roy Ficken, Department of Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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