Figural pipe bowl
Possibly Midwestern, circa 1870
Maple, brass nails, glass bead eyes, original painted decoration, 6 x 4 ½ x 2 ¼ inches
In a fine state of preservation with patina, wear and usage appropriate to age
This charming and sculptural pipe bowl is uniquely shaped and retains its original painted decoration. The pipe bowl is in the form of a wide-eyed gentleman in a feathered bicorn hat and smoking a cigar while striking an acrobatic pose. The figure’s hinged lower legs and hat lift to reveal the pipe bowl. The face is remarkably detailed with large eyes, mustache, and extended mutton chop side burns. The distinctive shape of this cocked hat is similar to those worn by the American navy during the 1820s and 1830s.
Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI; Fred Giampietro, New Haven, CT; Collection of Stephen and Petra Levin, Stow, VT.