Skull Pipe

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This rare macabre pipe of ceramic bisque is in the genre of “Memento mori” – remember you are mortal. The period stem was crafted from a particularly large albatross wing bone and fitted with fossil amber shank and mouthpiece. The sterling silver bands depict a boar and a lion. It was acquired from an antique dealer in Belgium who bought … Read More

True Jacob

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Antique clays – 1800s. Oddly enough, in the late 19th Century, the “True Jacob” clay was the most popular pipe in France. The top pipe is the rather common example from Gambier. The bottom one is extremely rare and has defied identification from clay pipe collectors in the UK and Holland. Ken Dworak, one of the most prolific clay collectors … Read More

Antique Clays

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An assortment from the collection of Johnny Long.

The Clay Pipe

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Top-notch clays are made in a labor-intensive process that requires beating all air out of the clay, hand-rolling each pipe before molding it, piercing with a fine wire, and careful firing. Traditionally, clay pipes are un-glazed. Clays burn “hot” in comparison to other types of pipes, so they can be difficult to smoke. However, unlike other materials, a well-made pipe … Read More