Clay Pipes

Clay Pipes

I come across numerous clay pipes – or fragments of them – on the foreshore. They are a common find for mud-larkers as most working men smoked tobacco in ‘days of yore’. What is fascinating is that they come in so many sizes, shapes and designs. The one with the Buffalo Head and letters RAOB (Royal Antedeluvian Society of Buffaloes – Buffs for short) was made in the early 1900s by Hinkins, a clay pipe maker from Chatham, for members of a local masonic lodge. It was found and ‘gifted’ to me by a friend who sometimes digs for bait near Whitstable.