An unusual 18 th century carved bone pipe tamper, Very well carved skull and crossbones. The crossbones are carved on all four sides of the pipe stopper/tamper. Details include carved teeth, eye and nose sockets. The bottom half is beautifully carved with a hollow lantern. it must have taken a lot of patience and skill.

A piece of Memento Mori.

Measurements are from the base and it is wider in the middle.

Antique Pipe Tamper - Bone - Memento Mori