One of the oldest crafts in England, the making of clay smoking pipes since the days of Elizabeth the First in the mid 16th century, has continued without break to the present. The nature of their material has ensured the survival of the hundreds of shapes and designs. Often fouund burid in the soil, in dusty forgotten cupboards and among family heirlooms each pipe has a background of history.
Celebrities, coronations, famous regiments and all manner of natural and imaginative designs have been embodied into moulds from which the pipes are made.
The collection of moulds of John Pollock / Wilsons & Co in England covers every aspect of this ancient craft.
These moulds, with the addition of earlier moulds and patterns, using the traditional materials and hand craftsmanship, produce a fascinating range of collector pipes.