Wrought Iron Churchwarden’s Pipe of Rare Length
America or England, ca. 18th century. Blacksmith worked iron, seamed (unbrazed), elegantly curved 30 INCH STEM with tapering bowl and spur. Authentic church warden pipes are rare in iron, but especially so for one so lengthy. By comparison, the example at Winterthur (as shown on page 227 of Fennimore: “Iron at Winterthur”) is just 20 inches. See also Gentle and Field, Domestic Metalwork, 1640-1820, page 347. Excellent condition. Provenance: private collection, from Hollis Broderick years ago.