A recent post's pictures from a digging buddy overseas reminded me not only of happy times among the Roman stuff but also that he collects clay pipes from the 16th to 19th centuries. It made me pull down a specimen that has been sitting on a shelf for a while.
I recall it turning up at a construction site. I leave the dating and provenance to the more learned.
The text reads: "VIEL LUST GIEBT ES ZUR ERNTEZEIT. WO REICHER SEGEN UNS ERFREUT"
Here is the image, on close scrutiny I can see it was hand painted.
Can you guess the translation?
More or less it says: "MUCH PLEASURE AT HARVEST TIME. WHERE RICH BLESSINGS DELIGHT US"