Dolphin Pipe Tamp
Reproduction of pipe tamp in dolphin shape Fine pewter 2 1/4"H x 7/8"W Wash in warm water and towel dry with soft cloth Arrives in gift box Made in the USA WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!
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An original pipe tamp in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collections was used to create this dolphin-shaped tamp. A mold was taken of the antique tamp and this tamp was reproduced in pewter. A pipe tamp is a blunt instrument with a flat end for tamping down the tobacco when a pipe bowl is being packed and for crushing the ash together to aid relighting. Tobacco, the "intoxicating vegetable," was Virginia's most important cash crop in the colonial period. Every new fashion led to new products, and the popularity of tobacco resulted in a proliferation of accessories. A great gift for the pipe smoker or collector.
The basis of Virginia's colonial economy was growing and exporting tobacco. During the 18th century, many planters, as a way to diversify, also grew corn and wheat as export crops. The production of a large tobacco plantation, when sold in Britain, could amount to a sizable sum. For instance, in 1775, John Hyndman & Company of London, sold 61 hogsheads of tobacco belonging to Robert Carter which produced net proceeds of more than 715 pounds.