Catalogues

An interesting section in the documentation of the Pijpenkabinet collections is the catalogues of pipe manufacturers. These books and leaflets show us in the variety of shapes and models of a particular time. Manufacturer's catalogues were first printed in the end of the eighteenth century. Especially in the second half of the nineteenth century these pipes became quite common.

Representatives of the manufacturer used the catalogues for facilitating the shopkeepers to order pipes. As a publicity tool, most catalogues are used until they disintegrated. A series of these rare printed examples have survived, varying from a simple one-sheet leaflet to impressive standard works illustrating hundreds of shapes.

Manufacturers catalogues inform us on the development of the tobacco pipes throughout the time even better than the products themselves, since most of them did not survive. In their product catalogue the manufacturer always tries to show the cream of their production and the most modern aspects of their assortment.

The publication Century of change, final flourish and ultimate fall of the European pipe industry describes the history of the tobacco pipe by comparison of eighty different catalogues of the collection Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

the oldest Gouda factory catalogue with the complete assortment in photoraphs, firm P. Goedewaagen & Sons, Gouda, the Netherlands, 1880-1890 pipes according the French taste in the first catalogue of P. Goedewaagen & Sons, Gouda, the Netherlands, 1880-1890
title page of the first printed catalogue from Gouda of the firm P. Goedewaagen & Sons, Gouda, the Netherlands, 1890-1892 the tradtionel shapes of the firm P. Goedewaagen & Sons, Gouda, the Netherlands, 1890-1892
cover of the best known catalogue van of the Royal Goedewaagen, Gouda, the Netherlands, 1924 back cover of the catalogue nr. 6 of the Royal Goedewaagen, Gouda, the Netherlands, 1924
the cover of the catalogue of Johann Brix from Vienna, c. 1900 small size cheroot holders with carved decorations on the stem, Johann Brix, Vienna, c. 1900
cheroot holders with figural depictions on the stem, Johann Brix, Vienna, c. 1900
large tobacco piese with figural carvings, Johann Brix, Vienna, c. 1900 various kinds of cheroot holders with amusing decorations, Johann Brix, Vienna, c. 1900 traditional shapes in meerschaum with luxourious amber tips, Johann Brix, Vienna, c. 1900
catalogue for briar pipes of one of the many small unknown factories, Saint-Claude, France, 1900-1910 briar pipes with an impressive vulcanite mouthpiece, factory LMB, Saint-Claude, France, 1900-1910 box with two pipes from the factory LMF, Saint-Claude, France, 1900-1910
title page of a small sized catalogue for system pipes, Saint-Claude, France, 1900-1910 the simple lay out of the Bifloc catalogue, Saint-Claude, France, 1900-1910
catalogue of the most important Dutch wholesaler named Vasterman from Amsterdam, c. 1920 briar pipes of different makers together in the catalogue of Vasterman in Amsterdam, c. 1920 the catalogue with briars of different origin traded by Vasterman in Amsterdam, c. 1920
cover of the most extend catalogue of Peterson, Dublin, Ireland, 1910 title page of the catalogue with the factory building and the workmen, Peterson, Dublin, Ireland, 1910 the popular bent system pipe of Peterson, Dublin, Ireland, 1910
one of the extend series of catalogues in oblong size, Alfred Dunhill Ltd., London, England, 1966 the presentation of the pipe shapes in de catalogue of Alfred Dunhill Ltd., London, England, 1966
cover of the catalogue of Butz-Choquin, Saint-Claude, France, 1975 page lay out in two compartments, de upper with appetizer, the lower showing the shapes, Butz-Choquin, Saint-Claude, France, 1975 designs having a meerschaum inner bowl and a leather cover, Butz-Choquin, Saint-Claude, France, 1975
cover of the catalogue of the firm Ropp, Saint-Claude, France, 1985-1990 contemporary shapes photographed against a marble back ground, firm Ropp, Saint-Claude, France, 1985-1990 page with pipe shapes of the firm Ropp, Saint-Claude, France, 1985-1990
cover of the catalogue by the Firm Rossi, Varese, Italy, c. 1975 unusual rather massive freehands, Firm Rossi, Varese, Italy, c. 1975 freehands with rough top, Firm Rossi, Varese, Italy, c. 1975
Illustrations on this page from the collections of Amsterdam Pipe Museum
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