S/4896 Antique Treen Early 19th Century Mahogany Pipe Tamper
A rare Welsh early 19th century mahogany pipe tamper, carved from a solid piece of mahogany. The skill and detail of the carving is exquisite and at the top is a seated squirrel, which represents thrift, eating a nut. This is above a circular caged ball, as often found in Welsh love spoons. This is seated on a delicately carved circular shaft with a band of writhen turning above the fluted serrated end and has a paper collector's label number 35. There are no words to adequately describe the beauty and appeal of this tamper, which is in excellent condition and retaining an excellent colour and patination. For a similar examples see Tobacco Stoppers by Alastair Leslie, plates 131-132 on pages 112-113.
3¼ in. (8.5 cm.) High
½ in. (1.25 cm.) Diameter Welsh Circa 1810