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Postby Alan_F » Sat Nov 26, 2005 11:25 pm

Whenever I read any of the Sharpe series, there is a mention of pipeclay in regards to being one of the troops necessaries. Am I wrong in thinking that pipeclay has nothing to do with pipes?


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Postby WhiteWolf » Sat Nov 26, 2005 11:32 pm

If I remember rightly pipe clay was used to colour cross belts. And was classed as a 'necessity'

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Postby Alan_F » Sat Nov 26, 2005 11:52 pm

WhiteWolf wrote:If I remember rightly pipe clay was used to colour cross belts. And was classed as a 'necessity'

WW 8)


Ah, that makes sense - for years I was wondering why the army (which treated the soldiers quite harshly) was ensuring that its troops had the means to smoke!


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Postby RTB » Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:18 am

I believe it's a mixture of calkdust and tallow. Used, as WW says for whitening belts,

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Postby Grymm » Sun Nov 27, 2005 6:00 pm

It's real clay, a fine white variety(possibly gypsum) that when mixed with water forms 'slip' and was used for 'slip casting' pipes and other ceramics (make clay into a slurry, pour slurrey into mould,swill around a bit,pour out excess,leave for a bit, open mould and remove thing...) as well as for keeping that 'shoot me here' cross on your uniform nice and bright.

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