Dating clay pipes
It was found in modern times somewhere in deepest Europe (Czech Republic).The age of this figurative clay art is mind-blowing. Homo Sapiens) is thought to have evolved around only 130,000 years ago.There are pebbles, mainly flint, which were naturally deposited by successive glacial actions up to the last Ice Age around 21,000 years ago ..but many of those, especially the larger and more weirdly shaped nodules, could have just as likely been shipped in along with the chalk.The guide even includes an illustrated list of the different kinds of mud, which in its seriousness may be amusing to some!But I’ve chosen not to preview that particular part as an excerpt here, rather this other part. As I said, different spots may offer up more than others if you’re just looking for historical human artefacts but if, like me, you’re just as keen to see interestingly shaped stones, driftwood or unexpected flotsam ..From Danish point of view one thing was missing: The history of the modern porcelain pipe, The Royal Danish Porcelain pipe.This article deals with this piece of the pipe history.
For several decades European chemists tried to copy the Chinese secret and in 1709 in Dresden, Germany and acceptable result was achieved.
Regarding those ‘stones’, I had, as it were, questioned their authenticity earlier.
What I meant was that much of what first appear as nicely weathered, rounded pebbles are fragments of brick or roof tile, or natural chalk which was ‘shipped in’ and laid down as more comfortable beds for the barges.
The purpose of this article is to describe a little piece of interesting resent Danish Pipe history which the Royal Porcelain Pipe is a part of.
At the same time it is a piece of modern history of the porcelain pipe which has been made for centuries.
just about any point on the Thames Foreshore will do!