New Book from Edward J. Lenik: A CLAY TOBACCO PIPE SAMPLER
Archaeologist Edward J. Lenik has published A CLAY TOBACCO PIPE SAMPLER, a well illustrated resource for analyzing these artifacts.
A CLAY TOBACCO PIPE SAMPLER features a gallery of pipes unearthed during Lenik's investigations in New Jersey and New York as well as a collection of pipes from the Tabor pipe factory site in South Wolfesboro, New Hampshire and pipes collected at the World Trade center site.. Fifty-seven pipes are illustrated in thirty-one line drawings by Pompton Lakes artist Tom Fitzpatrick, whose informative drawings have complemented Lenik's earlier books.. Another twenty-six pipes are featured in photographs. The illustrations make this book a pleasure browse through.
In a brief introduction, Lenik discusses the role of clay tobacco pipes in analyzing archaeological sites. Pipes are an important tool for dating archaeological sites and providing insight into trade patterns and domestic economics. Clay tobacco pipes were first made in Europe and imported to the colonies. Later, pipe factories sprung up in the colonies. Early pipes were plain, but later pipes were often elaborately decorated. Among the motifs in Lenik's sampler are sailing ships, hearts, flowers, shamrocks, historic scenes, harps and faces.
Included in the book are these pipes:
A plain pipe with no motifs and no maker's mark recovered from the Spring House Rock Shelter, a prehistoric site in Sloatsburg, NY, established the use of this site at the time of European contact with local Indians. The feature was dated to 1690.
A pipe with horizontal flutes and the word “OHIO” on the bowl was made in Bristol England and found at the site of the Albert Berdan House, now under the Point View Reservoir in Wayne, NJ.
A harp and shamrock motif pipe found at the Wetherby Iron Mine on Long Mountain in the Town of Highlands, NY reflects the Irish immigrants who worked here in the nineteenth century.
A CLAY TOBACCO PIPE SAMPLER joins Lenik's other books which include:
IRON MINE TRAILS
THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF WAYNE, NJ
INDIANS IN THE RAMAPOS
PICTURE ROCKS, NATIVE AMERICAN ROCK ART IN THE NORTHEST WOODLANDS
MAX SCHRABICH: ROCKSHELTER ARCHAEOLOGIST
A CLAY TOBACCO PIPE SAMPLER can be purchased directly from Mr. Lenik, 100 Deerfield Road, Wayne, NJ 07470. The 87 page perfectly bound, soft cover book is 8 ½ x 11 and priced at $22 a copy plus $4 shipping. Please make checks payable to Edward J. Lenik.