A pipe tamper in the form of a hand clutching an uncertain object, possibly a scroll. The tamper is unusual in being cast in lead (or lead-alloy), and is possibly 'home-made', rather than a commercial product. It is now bent in half.
Pipe tampers have been produced since the late 16th century to provide smokers with a tool for compressing the tobacco in their pipe bowls. This was necessary to ensure a firm draw, as well as slow and uniform burning.
For a generally similar design of tamper, but cast in copper alloy, see UKDFD 14395.