Wooden pipes

Long before briar wood came into use for pipes, other woods were used to make pipes, how strange the choice of wood for a burning pipe might be. Because of the risk of burning, some were covered inside with sheet metal. For instance the typical and well-known Ulm pipes with their flattened shape have these interiors, as well as other products from German Bohemia and Ruhla in Thüringen.

Some French pipe makers have used (and still do) cherry wood, called mérisier in French, which gives a slightly sweet taste to the tobacco. Funny sculptures shaped as French bohemians hide a pipe in a case as a man’s body; they are called ‘Barbizonne’. Sometimes a cheroot holder is added to make it multi-functional.

When briar industry started around 1850, briar pipes were made by means of engine driven turning wheels. Nevertheless handwork is still indispensible, facilitating to vary in details and finish. Every maker tried to attract customer’s attention, sometimes by adding accents in silver or ivory in mounting the pipe.

All kind of systems to reduce or gather the moisture of the tobacco were invented: screws, sluices, filters in endless patents tried to achieve drier and cooler smoking. In the twentieth century the design got more efficient than outrageous. Only a few special designs such as the wooden shoe and the fist stay for longer, the majority is just functional.

Tobacco pipe with characteristic flattened bowl, the interior lined with metal, covered with a silver lid and stub mounting. Germany, Ulm, 1830-1850. A cherry wood pipe with a carved decoration inspired on the Chinese art. France, Baume les Dames, 1880-1910.
The shape of this pipe resembles the meerschaum, but the material is wood lined with metal. France, Saint-Claude, 1870-1900.
The head of this wooden sculpture hides a tobacco pipe complete with an insert to smoke cigars. France, Brittany, 1870-1890.
A short tobacco pipe and an insert to smoke a cigar are hidden in this wood sculpture. France, Brittany, 1870-1890.
A standing caricature with a hooked nose that is in reality a tobacco pipe, France, Brittany, 1860-1890.
Beautiful designed pipe shaped like a lantern that refers to the famous French magazine '" La Lanterne". France, Saint-Claude, 1860-1880.
Tobacco pipe with a briar bowl and a wooden stem with flexible end to be kept in a cane. France, 1880-1900.
The small pipe in the front is a part of the sculpture next to it. France, Brittany, 1860-1890.
The cane head also to be used as a smoking pipe covered with a pierced lid. France, 1880-1900.
A forrester or bed pipe in soft wood lined with metal, the end unscrews to fill and light the pipe, Germany, 1880-1900. A craftfull made briar with a Gouda shape bowl and a long thin stem, placed in a cover to protect its fragility. France, Saint-Claude, 1850-1880.
A curious souvenir pipe shaped like a champagne bottle, the pipe stem can be stored in the bottle, the cork hides an optical glass with image. Germany, 1890-1910.
Briar pipe after a modern design and carved decoration related to nature, France, Saint-Claude, 1900-1920.
Cheroot holder in a soft wood in rustic shape, the two branches finished with ivory buttons, Germany, 1870-1890.
Pipe bowl in briar showing the natural root structure on the outside. France, Saint-Claude, 1860-1890.
Pipe carved from a soft wood on the inside lined with metal, upgoing hardrubber stem. Germany, 1870-1890.
Modern briar pipe the bowl carved as a skull, the stem in buffalo horn. France, Saint-Claude, 1900-1915.
Souvenir pipe the bowl shaped like a wooden shoe, the stem twists to make it easy to take away. France, Saint-Claude, 1900-1930.
Delicate cigar holder in briar woord with square bowl and mouth piece in ivory. France, 1870-1910.
Wooden pipe with lid, at the base a moist trap, the stem in turned buffalo horn, Germany or France, 1900-1920. Streamline pipe with round the bowl a series of concentrical rings, matching holder in blue fabric. France, Saint-Claude, GBD, 1925-1935.
Cheroot holder made from bamboo wood, the dark parts on bowl and stem are burnt, France ?, 1890-1910.
Five tobacco pipes in briar wood, the bowls carved like fists. France, Saint-Claude, 1930-1940.
Briar pipes mounted with metal ferrules and buffalo horn mouthpieces, fashionable in the 1910-1920. France, Saint-Claude, 1915-1925..
The grafitti-series, colourfull pipes from the 1980 and 1990 finished with a shiny surfacce. France, Saint-Claude, Chacom, 1980-2000.
Box containing a dozen pipes from the Hilson firm inserted with block meerschaum interiors, the Netherlands, Roermond, Gubbels firm, 1975-1985.
Modern briar pipes with carved surface and rustic shape, complete with leaflet and original box. Italy Gigi, 1960-1975.

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