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Native Americans of New England and in the South grew tobacco for ceremonial and spiritual purposes. English colonists quickly began raising and exporting tobacco as well as smoking it themselves. Because they are made of clay, the pipes burn hot but since they are long the smoke cools before it reaches the mouth. They are also fragile and so are often stored in boxes such as this. A New England family used this box to store clay pipes and the loose tobacco they used.


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Pipe box

date   c. 1790
location   New England
width   5.437"
height   18.625"
depth   3.75"
process/materials   wood
item type   Household Goods/Household Accessory
accession #   #1879.37

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