Pipe racks and pipe stands
As every pipe smoker knows, a pipe should be stored safely when not in use. In former times, when the fragile clay pipe was still in use, it was understandable that one cared for his pipe. The long Gouda pipes were stored hanging in a wall rack or better for the pipe - standing in a wooden table stand, the hot bowl resting on the brass bottom. The pipe could cool down and dry before the next smoke.
The briar pipe is short stemmed and less breakable, so the stands changed in shape. In the early 20th century the most common form was the wall rack for hanging pipes upside down, mostly in oak with some brass decorations, but also completely in brass.
The brass decoration normally holds a popular saying about the good taste of the tobacco, or ‘A satisfied smoker is no trouble-maker’. Exotic pipe racks come in black lacquer painted with Chinese scenes.
For the burning long clay pipe a so-called pipe sledge was used. Even during the smoking, the sledge could move over the polished table following the movements of the smoker. The same small baskets functioned to lay down the pipe with its hot bowl in the sledge in prevention of producing burning marks on the table or table cloth.
More modern are the pipe stands that hold the pipe with the bowl downwards, which is much better to dry the stem. They come in sizes for one single pipe to racks of a dozen or even more.
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