Nifty Tobacco Pipe Face


In excavations conducted in the 1990’s prior to the construction of Camden Yards in Baltimore, this interesting tobacco pipe fragment was discovered at the site of a late 19th and early 20th –century home in the working class neighborhood where the stadium currently stands. The artifact was recovered from a brick lined privy (that’s toilet to you and me) associated with the dwelling. The pipe fragment includes a man’s face, with a hat on the heel of the pipe, and is stamped with a star and the word “L’Etoile”, which means “the star” in French. The area in Baltimore where this artifact was found has some other sites which are worthy of note: a stoneware ceramic kiln and the site of a saloon owned by Babe Ruth’s father, George Herman Ruth, Sr.


Decorated Tobacco Pipe.

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