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Oswald

Collection name:  Oswald
Collector: Adrian Oswald
Accession number: LIVNP 2014.01

Pipe Collection: Adrian Oswald (1908-2001) was one of the founding fathers of post-medieval archaeology in Britain and at the forefront of the development of pipe studies worldwide.  A few years before his death his pipe collection was acquired by Richard Le Cheminant (LIVNP 2014.02) who either assimilated it into his own or set it to one side as potential for swapping with other collectors.  In 2014 the residue of this collection, together with Oswald’s research papers was purchased for the Archive from Le Cheminant’s widow (2014.01). The collection now consists of 633 pipes, 448 of which are Dutch, the result of a correspondence and gift from the Dutch researcher Frits Friederich of Haarlem. This group was selected by Friederich to give Oswald a good cross-section of Dutch production over time; some of the pipes bear the calculation of his famous HBO formula written on them in pencil. The is also a small but attractive collection of 27 19th-century French pipes. A part of Oswald’s collection, now not identifiable, is almost certainly contained within the residual Le Cheminant material donated to the Archive in 2014 and 2016.

Research Papers: This substantial collection of Adrian Oswald's research papers was purchased for the Archive from Richard Le Cheminant’s widow in 2014. It consists of 193 discrete elements including books and periodicals, offprint collections, correspondence, draft reports, makers’ lists, tobacconists’ lists, index of marks and drawings of decorated pipes.  Of special importance is the Oswald set of drawings of the marks found on pipes; arranged alphabetically by makers’ initial.  Taken together these research papers document the development of pipe studies worldwide in the period 1950 to 2000 in a unique way and provide a major resource for future research.

 

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