Figurine from a pipe tamper

Photo: Birmingham Museums Trust CC By SA2.0
Object type: Pipe tamper
Period: Post Medieval
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 23/05/2022
Location: South Staffordshire


Although the figure of a man with exaggerated genitals can point towards a depiction of Priapus, the wearing of a hat probably indicates that this is from a humorous pipe tamper, dating to 1600 – 1800.