Dating of Charatans
I tried to contact the author of this article in various ways but never succeeded, therefore I have translated it as closely as possible. I’d like to thank Alan Chestnutt of Reborn Briar like myself, user of pipesmokerunlimited forum for having helped me by reviewing the translation of this essay. If you have any question about the translation feel free to email me at mailto:bumperballdub mail. I have had the idea for a long time to publish on the web a collection of articles about dating and history of brands of pipes, especially English makes. Therefore, I finally decided to start the exercise discussing the most difficult brand to date.. I say difficult and easy at the same time simply because Charatan, during its many mutations, has always left some unmistakable marks on its pipes; so unequivocal that dating does not prove a huge problem.
Toward Settlement Occupation Span from Dispersion of Tobacco-Pipe Stem-Bore Diameter Values
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Update: It appears this method of dating is now out of date. This is a question we get asked a lot around the office: “How do I date Dunhill tobacco tins?
Curator’s Corner. Historical archaeology is not a subject that I usually approach, because I am not trained to properly register sites, map, excavate and write archaeological reports. As a Decorative Arts Curator with knowledge of American, European and Oriental pottery and porcelain, I have frequently been requested to identify pottery and porcelain fragments in the laboratory after they have been excavated, cleaned and numbered. Sometimes I see lots of little broken pieces of white pottery pipe stems which have been recovered from excavations of homes and taverns.
They exist because a 17th or 18th century smoker did not carry a pipe and tobacco supply with him. Cigars and cigarettes were not known then. He usually smoked a pipeful of tobacco at home or in an inn or tavern. The long-stemmed, so-called church warden, white pottery pipes were kept in a box on the fireplace mantel with a box of tobacco. The smoker selected a pipe, broke off the end from the previous smoker, filled the pipe and lit it with a hot coal held to the pipe with a small steel pipe tongs which was also kept near the fireplace for this purpose.
The broken off ends fell on the floor, perhaps between the boards, and ended up in the ground as small useless pieces of trash, whose purpose had been served. As the pipe stem became shorter and shorter, the bowl itself was eventually also discarded. There are many more stem pieces than pipe bowls but both can be dated, and their presence used to help date the strata in which they are found.
The purpose of this article is not to explain precisely how the angle of the stem and bowl can be used to date the pipe, even though the larger the angle, the earlier the bowl; and the nearer to a right angle, the later the bowl.
Pipe makers’ marks – Page 2
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Author s : McMillan, Lauren K. Abstract: There are currently three formula dating techniques available to archaeologists studying 17th- and 18th-century colonial sites with imported white, ball-clay, tobacco-pipe stems.
Peterson Pipes. June Peterson Dublin hallmark date letters. Useful for dating any Peterson with Sterling Silver attachments.
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An Evaluation of Tobacco Pipe Stem Dating Formulas.
For over three centuries the clay tobacco pipe has been a popular smokers requisite. The variety in shape and decoration is almost unlimited. In this book the author, curator of the Pijpenkabinet in Amsterdam, the renowned connoisseur of the material in Holland, gives a profound and overall review of the historical development of the pipe. The book starts with some introductory chapters: the earliest history of smoking, the techniques of pipe making, an outline of the main shapes of the clay tobacco pipe and the different qualities.
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Norristown Begins Replacing Aging Pipe Dating to 1920s
Greetings, Kappnists! As the brand continues to gain interest among pipe smokers, I think we can expect not only to see estate prices rise, but see more old Petes recovered. Steve acquired both a Shamrock line version and the Captain Pete version pictured here. The Dublin Edition US-only line, in sandblast, rustic and smooth with vulcanite mouthpieces in saddle or taper and nickel bands, quietly slid onto the market in , with no announcement from Peterson nor any attention from anybody else.
Historical archaeology is not a subject that I usually approach, because I am not trained to properly register sites, map, excavate and write archaeological reports.
Archeology and dating go hand-in-hand. Historical archeologists have an advantage when it comes to dating because of the written historical record. When we study a site, we also study the documents associated with the site. For Historical archeologists, ceramics are a diagnostic tool for dating because many English ceramic types can be dated to within 5 or so years of their manufacture. Access to this knowledge led to something called the Mean Ceramic Date. Think about the things you own.
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No one knows for sure who made the first clay pipes. The idea of smoking tobacco came from the American Indian, who had long fashioned their own clay pipes. These, no doubt served as a model for later pipe development. By tobacco smoking had been introduced to Europe. There is little doubt that the earliest pipes came from England. Pictured above is a British pipe mold that dates to the early ‘s.
Norristown Begins Replacing Aging Pipe Dating to s. Residents can expect a few detours throughout the summer as work gets underway.
A Dunhill Pipe Dating Guide
The skill and experience of the individual undertaking the work will play a large part in determining how accurate and reliable any assessment of dating is, and specialist advice should certainly be taken when dealing with large assemblages or those where the pipe dating is fundamental to the excavated deposits. But it is certainly possible for a good assessment of date to be made by considering the key characteristics of any given pipe or pipe assemblage, guidelines for which are given below.
They can be used to indicate whether a context group is likely to contain residual material, or whether it represents a coherent and potentially tightly dated group.
Originally published in Pipe Smoker, Winter , with a part of the guide re-published in the Spring issue of Pipes and Tobaccos. Republished here by permission of the author . Please note: Scanning the text from the original article has presented problems, some of which I have not been able to solve. Much of the spacing in this presentation is not as intended. Alfred Dunhill began to manufacture briar smoking pipes in ; the famous white spot first appeared on top of the hand-cut vulcanite mouthpiece in in order that the customer should know which part faced upwards.
At about this same time a one year guarantee against defects was offered on the bowl of each pipe, and to insure against far older Dunhill pipes being replaced under this guarantee a simple dating code, showing the year of manufacture, was devised and stamped onto each pipe bowl. This code is still in use today. Over the ensuing years great interest has arisen over the “mystique” of the Dunhill pipe in general and the dating code in particular.
Pipe collectors, especially in America, pride themselves on having acquired Dunhill pipes in prime condition which were made in the ‘s, ‘s and ‘s. Some collectors strive to acquire only those Dunhill pipes made between when Dunhill stopped buying bowls turned in France in favor of those turned in London at the newly opened Dunhill bowl-turning facility and the year of Alfred Dunhill’s retirement.
Consequently, much confusion has arisen over the dating code because it has not been standardized over the years, and seemingly minor differences in the code can mean a difference of years, even decades, in the manufacture of the pipe. Adding to this is the fact that the firm has used a great many special stampings depending on what part of the world to which their pipes were destined, and that sometimes these stampings or codes were used for only three or four months duration.
Leading to even greater confusion is that many pipes were simply stamped incorrectly; at times one part or another of the code is not to be found on a given pipe.