......Our History
The Pipe Club of London was
formed in 1970 in association
with the late Pipe Club of Great
Britain with a view to encourage
the appreciation of quality pipes
and fine tobaccos, and, to
promote the interests of
members by offering them social
entertainment and educational
facilities connected with pipes
and tobacco.

The Club is truly international in
scope, having approximately 300
members in twenty-six countries
around the world.

Meetings are held at various
venues in and around the greater
London metropolitan area. Please
click on the Club Calendar tab for
specific venues, dates and times.

All pipe smokers whether novice
or expert, men or ladies are
welcome to attend. Activities
include tobacco tasting, talks on
pipes and tobaccos, pipe-
smoking competitions, visits
to pipe factories--and the
camaraderie of like-minded
pipe smokers. [More
Club Officers
 Life President
Peter C. Wiseman UK050L
& 1st Lady Bridgette Wiseman
Tel. 01689 607528

Bernard Allotey UK372F
Tel. 0795 0605617

 Vice Chairman
Gottfried Panzer UK165L
Tel. 0208 8470983

Secretary & Treasurer
John Green UK270L

Public Relations Officer
David Buist UK678F

Journal Editor
Laurence Kothari UK439F
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Committee Members
.for 2014 HERE.
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22 November - Saturday
Thatcher's Arms - CM13 3HU.
Full 2013 Club Calendar HERE.
Peter Bersey Shield Competition
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CLICK on the above map to pull up the Flag Counter menu.

CLICK the DETAILS tab, and CLICK the + sign by any flag to see which states or regions have visitors represented.

Viz. Under the UK flag are England, Wales & Scotland.


James J. Fox
2nd Tuesday of each month.
Website: www.jjfoxpipes.co.uk
19 St. James's Street
London SW1A 1ES

Time: 6:00 ~ 8:00pm
"Pipe Dreams" HERE
YouTube Channel: HERE


Thatcher's Arms
3rd Saturday of each month unless
there's an away event planned. Always
check the Club Calendar for details.

Warley Street
Great Warley,
Essex  CM13 3H
Tel. 01277 233535

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm start
HERE for a map.

"Tamper" has become the most
common term for this pipe tool,
but in times past, the English
called it by what name?

1. a prod
2. a poker
3. a packer
4. a stopper
5. a stob

Google the phrase "pipe tamper
and in a mere 0.35
seconds a bewildering 396,000
results will appear - links to  
tampers selling from a paltry 50 p
to a whopping thousand Pounds
and more - tampers from the
boringly pedestrian to the
downright titillating. [

I had smoked a pipe for many a
year before I realised why I could
not keep it lit. I had two prob-
lems. One was improper packing.
As Peter Wiseman, our club
President for Life advises:
the first third like a child, the middle
third like woman, and the top third
like a man."
(Sorry ladies.)
Secondly, I needed to learn how
to wield the mighty tamper!

The keenest expert on tampers I
know is
Ben Rapaport, author
of numerous fine books on pipes
and pipe collecting. With his kind
permission, and that of Pipe &
Tobaccos magazine (subscribe!),
we feature his fascinating article
on tampers - TAMPERING WITH
THE FACTS. [Right click
HERE and
select "save".] Be sure to read
the article to the end where I
include a late word from Ben
regarding newly published
Thank you, Ben!

ENJOY! - Johnny, your Webmaster
The Noble Tamper
"Fancy Finger Insurance"
Above: Bayonet Tamper - French
Engraved steel, Rosewood & Brass
The Webmaster's Collection - UK 603Hon
Checked our FLAG COUNTER lately?
Scroll down this page for a treat!
“Aged Limited Edition”
2 Year Old Full Virginia Flake - 50g tin
Click HERE for the full story.
Gawith & Co Ltd. Kendal, Cumbria,
England LA97BY
Special Tobacco on Offer
by Samuel Gawith, Ltd. for the PCoL
Click to enlarge.     
Click to enlarge.     
This very feminine antique (?)
tamper is of cast pewter and
contains a
Stanhope viewer
(micro-image) in the top - of the
MAYFLOWER, and an inscription re:
it's voyage to America in 1620.    
The Webmaster's Collection - UK 603Hon
The Webmaster's Collection - UK 603Hon
His 'n Hers - a pair of bone tampers
probably 18th Century. The man's
boot has unusual detail - simulated
back stitching and an open bootstrap.
The Webmaster's Collection - UK 603Hon
Click to enlarge.     
Sterling silver - English - vesta
(match safe), Albert watch chain
and bloodstone iron cross fob with
three-pronged pipe tool: spike (for
cleaning), tamper, and expandable
pair of tongs for collecting an
ember from the fire for lighting
one's pipe - an oft-prefered
practice as there was no pungent
smell from burning sulfur.  
Rd No. 259447 - design registered
in the UK in 1901.
The Webmaster's Collection - UK 603Hon
Click to enlarge.     
      Click to enlarge.  
NEW! PCoL Journal NO. 40 Fall 2014
Click HERE.
11 November - Tuesday
James J. Fox, est. 1787
19 St. James's Street (A4)
London SW1A 1ES
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