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Whalebone Pipe Tamper

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A mid 19th century whaler's tobacco stopper with a flared, cross hatched tamper to one end and a pricker at the other.

 

Carefully made of whalebone, initially appearing to have been made with the aid of a lathe but in fact entirely whittled.

 

The central knop with black filled dots; the whole design reminiscent of a whalebone walking cane.

 

English or American circa 1850.

 

3.5 inches long

 

 

Item Code: 3696

£ 250

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