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Social clubs abounded during Amelia Island’s Golden Age. In addition to activity-based clubs like archery and riding, certain clubs were exclusively for the upper class. According to an 1883 edition of the Florida Mirror, the Fernandina Social Club was for “ladies and gentlemen of the best society,” engaging in “refined social intercourse.”
Pipes like this one would have been part of the male club culture. This Victorian era pipe is made of a white claylike material called Meerschaum. Still in its original case, it has a straight stem and bowl, although the stem is unfortunately now broken. A pipe like this likely would have been used to smoke tobacco, primarily by upper class men.