The Old Dominion Jamestowne Clay Pipe is a mid- 17th century colonial-era pipe. Fragments of the original colonial-era pipe found on the Old Dominion farm were scanned using a 3D printer, “re-assembled” by computer-aided design (CAD), and reverse engineered to make a master mold with 3D print technology for this clay pipe. Like the original pipe it was copied from, the Jamestowne features a decorative line of milling around the rim of the bowl as well as a defined “heel” at the base of the bowl.
These are fashioned from non-toxic, commercially produced clay, and bisque fired, as were the originals. In order to keep the pipes historically accurate, the pipe stems are not glazed.
The “Jamestowne” is named in honor of the first successful English settlement in North America. It was a flourishing capital of the young Virginia Colony and a center for colonial trade and commerce. 17th century clay pipes small bulbous bowls were designed to smoke a “pinch” of tobacco at a time when tobacco was still regarded as an expensive commodity.
This pipe makes a great taste test pipe for sampling various blends or as a historical keepsake representing the early industry in colonial America.