SOLD 1908 Painted Folk Art Clay Pipe with Hearts and Animals and More

Regular price $125.00

I don't have a pipe stand so forgive the photos of this pipe, which do it no justice--it's really one of my favorite things I found at Brimfield, reminding me a lot of early flash art for tattoos, and with a wonderful presence and richer color to the painting on it than photos convey. On one side it is dated 1908, with a heart below, and on the other a bird and a leaf. On the front (outside facing) end of the pipe bowl is a big red heart with an arrow through it and another leaf/stalk below, and on the inside(stem facing side) what looks like some sort of blimp shaped creature??? It feels very much to me as if it belonged to a sailor, and feels about as early 20th c. American as it gets. Fabulous.

6 3/4" l x 3 3/8" t x 2" wide (bowl) and in very good condition, no cracks or notable chips, just general surface wear and a great patina to the clay.