Pipes of various materials
Apart from the well known raw materials for pipes, such as clay, porcelain, meerschaum and briar, all kind of unexpected materials were used to make a pipe. What to think of a pipe carved out of a piece of agate stone, with its exclusive appearance due to the shading in the semi-precious stone? One of a kind is also the pipe made out of the crab’s pincettes, even carved with a folk theme.
Although not really rare, the glass pipes are odd indeed: not very suitable for a pipe, one should say. The same accounts for a metal pipe, which distributes the heath of the bowl very quickly. In the harbor city of Kampen (Netherlands) a silver cigar pipe was regarded as the traditional wedding present for the groom. In Sweden the farmers used to smoke pipes made out of forged iron, of course mounted with a wooden stem to cool down the smoke.
As organic materials buffalo horn and ivory are known, the horn in fact wide spread as a material for mouthpieces. From 1870 onwards all kinds of artificially made materials come on the market. Vulcanite is one of these, needing an inner bowl made out of ceramic or meerschaum to protect the rubber. In the 1930’s these bowls were even attached with a screw-system to a briar pipe.
Metal stems have become common from the 1930’s onwards, especially the lightweight aluminum with its cooling abilities. Many thousands of the well known Falcon and Kirsten system pipes were sold and even today this pipe still has its retro-design aficionados.
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