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Churchwarden pipe with box, Shropshire, England, 1880-1910

Churchwarden clay pipes are characterised by an extremely long stem; this example measures 500 mm in length. The pipe was made by William Southorn & Co, a tobacco pipe maker based in Broseley, Shropshire, England. Such a pipe was well suited to a leisure-time smoke, rather than when working. Clay pipes could quite easily break so a shorter pipe was more appropriate for the workplace. Founded in the 1830s, the company won prizes for their work and continued making tobacco pipes until the 1950s. Their factory is now part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire.

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Glossary: churchwarden pipe

tobacco pipes with long stems, measuring up to and over 40 cm