Antique Peerage England Solid Brass Figural Pipe Tamper Charles Dickens' Mr. Pickwick
Description: A very nice heavy brass antique pipe tamper. This figural brass tamper depicts a man wearing a hat and having one arm extended and the other in his jacket's pocket. His jacket is open to expose his large belly and a shirt that is decorated with squares. We believe this is the image of Charles' Dickens Mr. Pickwick. He is standing on a round platform, which serves as the tamper. The tamper is small and the piece itself is rather short in height but heavy for its size. The piece is marked on the bottom of the tamper disk "peerage ENGLAND" in stamped letters. The piece shows interesting details of the man and his clothing. See for example the details on the front of his shirt and the details on the back of his jacket. The piece is nice, solid and has heft to it, which makes it feel great in your hand. The piece, which was cast and has smoothed considerably around the hea, suggesting considerable use. It does show wear and a lot of character from the accumulation of residue in many of its crevasses. It also has a few scratches, and minor surface soiling indicating that it was used. A nice piece to add to your collection. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Circa 1800's.
Size: The tamping disk measures ~12 mm in diameter. The entire piece is ~37 mm (a bit less than ~1 1/2") long. The piece itself weighs about 30 grams or ~1.1 ounces.
Maker: Peerage England.
Marks: Marked on the bottom of the tamper "Peerage ENGLAND".
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is definitely a nice brass antique figural pipe tamper that would make a great addition to your collection. A true antique that is good looking and in good condition after being around for over 100 years. You can add it to your collection or you can use it with pride when smoking your pipe, it will make a great conversation piece.
Condition: It is in very good condition despite its age and utilitarian function. It has no cracks, hairlines, breaks, or repairs. The piece has a few scratches, general wear and some soiling. The piece has smoothed around the head and body suggesting considerable use. The piece still retains quite a bit of its original detail such as the clothing and some of the facial features. Be that as it may, the piece is still nice and would display nicely. Please see photos for additional condition information.