For pipe smokers § 5

Tobacco pipes in clay and ceramic

A particular specialism of Amsterdam Pipe Shop is the section pipes of clay or ceramic. For centuries, the smokers used clay until the briar pipe became common in the middle of the nineteenth century. Clay pipes have many advantages. First, the material absorbs the moisture optimally, making the pipe smoke pleasantly dry. Due to the dry smoke the flavor is the best.

Another advantage is that the material clay is strictly neutral and therefore does not give off-taste. For this reason, the clay pipe is often used for the tests and try out of pipe tobaccos. Briar wood is not tasteless and changes the flavor of the tobacco always something due to the carbonization of the wood.

In clay pipes many different qualities can be distinguished, often unrecognizable for the eye. The greater the absorbency the better the taste. A maximum of porous shard thus results in the best quality smoke, in other words a soft, mild flavorful smoke.

The range of clay and ceramics consists of two main types. Most traditional are the press molded clay tobacco pipes, made on a time-honored way by clay pressed into a metal mold. Such pipes are used for centuries in thousands of varieties. Unfortunately, they are no longer produced. Especially pipes of old established factories give a great taste experience. They are one of the particular specializations of Amsterdam Pipe Shop.

The second main type is the slip casted smoking pipe, which is modern in design and is produced in a plaster mold. Nowadays many of these products have a built-in cooling system. They are double walled and ensure that the smoke comes with some delay in the mouth, resulting in a cool and pleasant taste. Also the slip casted pipe gives the best flavor because the material itself has no taste at all.

The prices of clay pipes run from ten Euros to just over a hundred for the oldest specimens of special brands. Ceramic pipes are priced between 30 and 120 Euros.

Amsterdam Pipe Shop is authorized supplier of the following brands :

Royal Goedewaagen
Jan Prince & Company
Gambier
Klauer
Pollock
Zenithf firm P.J. van der Want Azn.

of many other brands we also have one or a few pieces in stock

Combined with a rich choice of pipe tobaccos the stock of Amsterdam Pipe Shop is complete. And, last but not least, please remember that every purchase supports the Pijpenkabinet Foundation that runs the national pipe museum in Holland.

Pipe bowl representing the true Abraham with large beard. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1910
Red clay tobacco pipe, a so-called doetel, Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1920
Figural clay pipe with the family Dam on te stem. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1920
Figural clay pipe in red colour with the family Dam on te stem. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1920
Pipe bowl in meerschaum colour of an English gentleman. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1930
Tobacco pipe with on the stem a sitting woman her boots being polished. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1915
Portrait pipe of the famous painter Anthonie van Dijck. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1910
A special shape of clay pipe called health pipe. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1910
Clay tobacco pipe with a large bowl representing a blackamor. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1920
Pipe bowl in red clay with historical subject. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1900
Clay tobacco pipe in red clay showing a man's head. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1920
Portrait pipe of Lou Caddetou, a personage from an early twentieth centuyr novel. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1915
Clay tobacco pipe with a figural bowl with a fantasy person. Gouda, Koninklijke Goedewaagen, c. 1930
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