A lovely carved 18th century pipe tamper, with an open lantern - carved ball and cage with further carved decoration to the cage and top.

This is decribed as being probably Welsh in The Tobacco Stoppers Book by Alastair Leslie

It has a small tapering end, which is blackened (charred)

The fact that the stopper end is approx 1/4inch gives an indication that it is an early pipe stopper, later into the 18th century they increased to 1/2inch .

It is in good condition, with a good colour and  patina.

The tapered end measures approx 0.8 cm and the square sections measure 1.2 cm square. The overall length is 7.3 cm.

An early 18th century Pipe Stopper or Tamper

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