Canadian Clay Tobacco Pipe Industries

19th Century Canadian Clay Tobacco Pipe Industries

These pages are about the 19th century Canadian clay tobacco pipe industry. The clay tobacco pipe was the most popular method of taking tobacco in the nineteenth century and because of the relatively short life span of a pipe, it also became a folk art medium. Clay tobacco pipes were made in Canada throughout the period from 1845 to 1902 in Montréal, Québec City, and St. John, New Brunswick.

A few other Canadian cities have been researched but as of yet there is no evidence of clay pipe making in cities other than Montrél, Québec City and St. John.

The Canadian Clay pipe industry had links to other North American centres of clay pipe making notably Detroit, Rouses Point, and New York City pipe makers.

The objective of these pages is to provide a mechanism to disseminate to historical archaeologists in Canada and the United States information on clay tobacco pipes. It is hoped that the site will also house a catalogue of pipe marks of use to field archaeologists.

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