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1700 - 1770: One of the most striking features of pipe development during this period is that the top of the bowl became parallel with the stem. During the mid eighteenth century, extra-long pipe stems became fashionable, measuring between 18 and 24 inches in length with a stem bore averaging 3/32 inchs. Many of these variations were the result of fashion, but many were the result of the growing skills of pipe makers. The size of the bowl was often effected by the cost and availability of tobacco. 1660 - 1680: There is a noticeable size increase during this period. After 1640 pipe styles remain basically the same with some regional variations in England. The Indians were egger to trade with whites for the European goods.
1640-1660: The size of the bowl increased slightly during this period and stems increased to between 10 and 14 inches. Generally, the older the pipe, the larger the bore of the stem. Most stems were straight, but some tended to curve either up or down. For those who enjoy collecting clay trade pipes, we have added additional notes about maker's marks and stem stamping based on the work of Robert F. There is little doubt that the earliest pipes came from England.
The Spanish had observed the Indians off Florida’s coastline smoking cigar-like rolled tobacco leaves in 1493 and had eventually adapted that form of smoking for themselves.
Decorations were stamped, incised by hand, or molded in relief on both bowl and stem.