Terracotta Tobacco Pipe

From 1871 the Watcombe Terracotta Clay Company in Torquay began to produce a wide range of pottery using their characteristic red clay. The designs were often based on classical shapes and themes. However they also produced everyday items, such as this pipe, which dates from about 1880.

The body of the Watcombe and Hele Cross terracotta was often left unglazed but sometimes it might be enhanced with small areas of blue enamel. This was made from the same pigments as glaze, but applied with a flux so that it fused with the surface at a lower temperature.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
British ceramics
Common Name
Terracotta Tobacco Pipe
Simple Name
Full Name
smoking pipe
whole height mm
Production Person Surname
Watcombe Pottery
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Production Town
Production County
S. Devon
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Continent
Family Group

earthenware; enamel

    Tell Us What You Think

    Subject to approval, your name and blog comment will be made public. Any comment replies will also be public. Your email address will never be published. If you wish to contact us privately, please use the Contact form. Required fields are marked *