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S/4904 Antique 19th Century Bone Pipe Tamper/Pricker

A well carved 19th century pipe tamper/pricker, which is an unusual piece with a clenched fist holding a removable long stemmed pipe that would act as a pricker. The whole is intricately carved with a tapered circular support and a star carved serrated base. It was possibly the work of a Napoleonic prisoner of war, as they often incorporated colour on their objects, as the top of the pipe is coloured red and there are also remains of red decoration on the base. An almost identical example is illustrated on plate 372, page 269, in the Tobacco Stoppers by Alastair Leslie.

Sold 2 in. (6 cm.) Wide
3 in. (7.5 cm.) High
English Circa 1860