Template for Recording Clay Tobacco Pipe Collections

This recording template is based on the system that was developed at the University of Liverpool by Dr. David A. Higgins and Dr. Peter Davey during the 1980s and 1990s and which was published in 2004.  In citing this recording system the published reference is as follows: -


Higgins, D A & Davey, P J, 2004, ‘Appendix 4: Draft guidelines for using the clay tobacco pipe record sheets’ in S D White, The Dynamics of Regionalisation and Trade: Yorkshire Clay Tobacco Pipes c1600-1800, The Archaeology of the Clay Tobacco Pipe, XVIII, British Archaeological Reports (British Series 374), Oxford, 487-490 (567pp).


Initially this system was designed to record pipes from archaeological excavations and therefore columns were included for Small Finds references and Context numbers, etc. However, the system can be adapted for recording other collections and to include other categories of information, for example, a photograph reference column can be added if a photographic archive exists.


A downloadable template for the recording sheet is available in an Excel format.  By copying this template to your own computer you can add or remove columns to suit your individual recording needs. 


bullet Recording Form Template (Excel Table)


A more detailed explanation of the recording system used can be found by clicking on the following link: -


bullet Guidelines for Recording Clay Tobacco Pipes (PDF)


A case study of how this system was used in Yorkshire, including examples of completed forms, is also available: -


bullet Case Study of Clay Tobacco Pipes Recorded in Yorkshire