Jon Crispin's Notebook

Tilghman’s Island

Posted in ephemera, History, Water by joncrispin on 22/01/2014

I am back on Tilghman’s Island (some call it Tilghman Island; it’s kind of confusing as the town is Tilghman, MD but most of the older watermen call it Tilghman’s).  I set up my lights and background and Willie Roe came by with his collection of items that he dredged up during his clamming days on Chesapeake Bay.

He has a huge assortment of 19th century clay pipes.

I especially like this one with Etoile etched into it and the lovely little star above the word.

Many of the pipes had the words HOME RULE stamped upon the bowl.  Here is what I found when I looked it up on the internet.  So amazing what you can learn about the past.

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  1. Hank. said, on 22/01/2014 at 10:53 pm

    Great finds! His “Home Rule” pipe from the bottom of the Chesapeake sure looks better than the one from the bottom of the privy.

  2. vivozhouphotography said, on 22/01/2014 at 11:12 pm

    Absolutely incredible! I’m going to share this with my history prof tomorrow! Thanks!

  3. dandyknife said, on 23/01/2014 at 7:24 am

    Harps, stars, fronds, diamonds, stripes, and a mollusk! These are really cool. Thanks for sharing.

  4. bertbolton@sbcglobal.net said, on 12/07/2016 at 2:26 pm

    Willie has some nice souvenirs from his life as a waterman. The Waterman’s Museum on Tilghman Island is well worth the visit.


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