Erotic pipe tamper

Photo: Birmingham Museums Trust CC By SA2.0
Object type: Pipe tamper
Period: Post Medieval
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 18/07/2022
Location: Stafford


Only the top half of this 18th century pipe tamper remains. It consists of a male and female figure in an erotic embrace. This fits in with popularity of bawdy scenes in art, literature and artefacts at the time.