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    Dec 2012
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    painted clay or painted plastic?

    Any way to tell?



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    I would think it would be obvious...Is it heavy? have you tried to scratch it anywhere to see?

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    Dec 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggin-N-Dumps View Post
    I would think it would be obvious...Is it heavy? have you tried to scratch it anywhere to see?
    Really? I dont know what thin clay weighs? Im thinking its plastic

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    KSG

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    It might be a clay pipe fragment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtdewman View Post
    Really? I dont know what thin clay weighs? Im thinking its plastic
    You could flick it and see if it sounds like plastic or not. Whats the instead of the bowl look like? Does it look like its used for smoking?

    Because I would think if its for smoking, Clay would make more sense. Can you see any scratched on it? Like where the paint came off or if its solid thru?

    Wasnt trying to be rude, its just hard to tell when its physically not in my hand.

    Where did you find it?

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    Dec 2012
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    Its same color inside as out. So it wasnt used. Its really light. I pretty sure its plastic.. but yard i found it in is and 1803 house

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    One thing you can do is heat up a sewing pin with a match and very lightly touch the tip to an inconspicuous place on the object. If it's plastic, a small indentation will be left where it melts. If it's clay, then obviously it won't. Of course, this method isn't suggested for an object of value, but if it's plastic it may not have a huge value anyway depending on what it is.

    From the pictures I do agree that it looks like a pipe bowl which will be made of clay or other heat resistant material. Although the hole for the stem is rather small for a pipe.

    This pin method is a quick way to tell if a piece of scrimshaw is real or not, if you ever come across a questionable piece.

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    I should have looked closer at the picture...the second pic looks like it has a solid seam running up the middle of it.

    It could be made of Bakelite. I did see they made pipes of them

    Vintage Meerschaum and Bakelite Smoking Pipe from onostalgia on Ruby Lane
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    It's a clay pipe bowl that's missing the stem, I've dug a number of them. Nice find.

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    Tap it with your fingernail.... Plastic is less dense than clay and will give a lighter sounding tap sound... I agree with Fullstock, looks legit !!

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    a seam is never a good thing
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    If it was used it wasnt used much.



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    Some clay pipe heads were made using molds I guess so it could be clay.

    To check if it's plastic there is always the "tooth" trick.
    Teeth are very sensitive to texture and material, so taping an object against a front tooth let's you know if it's plastic or clay. Can be used to distinguish between glass-bone-ivory and plastic aswell.

 

 

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