Tinder Box Clay Tobacco Pipes 

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  make a  range of  traditional clay tobacco smoking pipes  ( pottery pipes) Here you can see and select a clay tobacco smoking pipes to buy  online.  There you will see my   Victorian clay pipe range  : The straws and cuttys, pipes that are particularly suitable for   historical re enactment.  In the  Gin pressed pipe section  read information on the   Pakuranga toastie  pottery pipe  made by  the traditional process with out of the ground clay. The Ladies leg, the sailors pipe and eagles claw, are to be found in the  Fancies section.     I also have  Hobbit pipes  here too!

Pipes make an unusual  hat decoration.   Factual information about pipes and the pipe making process maybe found it the  historical information section

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Tinder box gin pressed pipes.

The original clay pipe making process

The Pakuranga Toastie clay smoking pipe

pakuranga toastie  pottery pipe   

 Clay pipe  Npp127
The Pakuranga Toastie pipe story -  'out of the ground clay', Gin  pressed pottery pipe
I dug  clay for this pipe out of the ground were I lived, removed stones and roots, slaked the  clay in water, dried it to a 'pressable' consistency and pressed  the raw pipe clay in my gin press .... read more 

The Pakuranga Marbled Clay smoking pipe.

marbled clay pipe
BSIM 1216



The  Pakuranga marbled clay pipe is made from raw ‘out of the earth clay’ blended with a commercial white earthen ware clay. Each pipe exhibits an individual marbled effect. length 11cm

White  earthenware Gin pressed clay tobacco pipe

white earthenware clay pipes - a re-enactment pipe

White  Clay pipe Npp128

length 11 cm .Pressed in  the same  mold as the Pakuranga Toastie clay pipe -  the T.Mclachlin no 18 mold.
Comes with clay pipe information  booklet.
In October 2010 I received an inquiry for  pipes for the film ‘The Hobbit’  which was then in pre production. Read more; 
Please note:  I am no longer making the long curved or straight  pipes for sale to the public as they are difficult to ship without breakage.

 Hobbit  straight pipe

Hobbit straight as I made for the film
Hobbit straight pipe HSP1

This pipe is  18cm ( 7.086 inches) long and glazed with the white opaque glazed tip.

Hobbit curved pipe

hobbit curved pipe
Hobbit curved pipe HCP 2

This pipe is  18cm ( 7.086 inches) long and glazed with the white opaque glazed tip.

Victorian  'Straws' and 'Cuttys'.

Looking for a  clay tobacco smoking pipe for re-enactment? Look closely at the next  three clay pipes.

Victorian  'Straw' clay tobacco smoking pipe

Victorain clay 'straw' smoking pipe  

Clay pipe BSIM1214

The classic clay tobacco smoking pipe- 18cm ( 7.086 inches)   It confers dignity on the  clay pipe smoker with out the pretentiousness of  the Tavern and Church warden clay  tobacco pipes which - being longer, are more likely to break!  comes with clay pipe information booklet.

 Victorian Curved 'Straw' traditional clay tobacco smoking pipe. 

Victorian 'straw' curved clay tobacco smoking pipe  

Clay pipe BSIM1215..
$ 20.00


Victorian small  plain red tipped clay tobacco smoking  pipe.

Civil war pipe

16 gms 11.5cms in length
Clay pipe Npp135.


A delicate  civil  war clay pipe.  Ideal hat ornament.  A  favourite of  historical re -enactors. Comes with clay pipe information  booklet.


Victorian pipes: 'Fancies'


There are many different claw pipes in the Victorian clay pipe catalogues.
This one is my copy of one. Comes with clay pipe information  booklet.

Ladies Leg - clay tobacco smoking pipe.

Ladies leg  clay tobacco smoking pipe   ladies leg clay tobacco pipe for re- enactors

Clay pipe Bsim1212

The  Ladies leg clay smoking pipe appears in the tobacco pipe makers catalogues of the Victorian era: Holland's and MClardy's. Slightly risqué in its time. A good addition for a clay pipe collection. 12 cm long ( 4.75 inches)  

Sailors pipe with ship  and anchor  on bowl.
  sailors clay tobacco pipe anchor decoration   sailors tobacco pipe for historical re-enactment

16 gms, 11cm/4.5 inches .
Clay pipe Npp136


Plain curved tobacco smoking pipe,green glazed tip. 

green curved plain pipe  

14cm/5.5 inch...
Clay pipe Npp134
 Comes with clay pipe information  booklet


Clay Pipes as hat decoration

American civil war hat with clay pipe   re-enactor with clay pipe in cap

historical pipe label

Historical information

Clay pipe making: the  gin press  process of manufacture

Pipe stems
Historically, smoking pipes tips were painted or waxed with a sealing wax. 
Up until the second world war,  some clay tobacco smoking pipes  were produced with black tips to the stems for  funerals.
Green was often used for  irish clay pipes which had a shamrock emblem
Did  you  know! Some sailors kept their small sailors clay pipes in their pierced ear lobe when they went aloft in the rigging to prevent stem beakage in pockets!

Tinder box  clay tobacco smoking pipes have  red or green glazed stem tips to make them more pleasant to use. This requires a second kiln firing

Related article: Origin of spurs on clay pipes©

Victorian straws and cuttys
A 'Straw' is a  clay tobacco pipe of about 7 to 8 inches in length. 
Straws  were sometimes  called ' London straws',
A clay tobacco smoking pipes are called a 'clay' or 'clays'.  
A cutty is a plain short clay smoking pipe largely used by working men. 
Parts of the clay  pipe: the bowl - the hollowed part  containing the  tobacco,  the stem or shank, the thin part through which the smoke is drawn. 
At the end of the  pipe stem is the tip or mouthpiece.
Beneath the clay pipe bowl is the heel or spur. note the spur  


"Fancy clay pipes' or  'Fancies'  are clay tobacco pipes of unusual shape and design. 
The designs were often of  famous actors, actresses,  politicians and the names and motto's of military regiments.
There were  clay smoking pipes for football, fishing and  Masonic clubs etc.
 Some clay pipes were slightly risqué like the  Ladies  Leg pipe.  others had character like the Eagle's Claw clay tobacco smoking pipe 
There was no occasion  for which  'fancy'  clay tobacco smoking pipes were not made, competition to introduce new pipes was intense.


What is a clay pipe Related article  ©

Gin press - original manufacturing methods;Before the invention of the  gin press, it is thought that..........  Related article ©
Pakuranga toastie

Shrinkage -  during manufacture,  clay will shrink as much as 25 percent from the raw clay wet state. Related article: ©


Shipping  policy

We  will ship  the goods within  14 days of  placement of your order.
All clay pipes shipped  International   rate - delivery  6 - 10   postal working days - excluding day of posting.*
* Postal working days, days falling between Monday and Friday inclusive

 Out of stock  pipes

Where the pipe is out of stock we will advise you within  24 hours of receipt of your order.
 We will notify you when the clay pipe will  be in stock  and, either accept your order or, refund your money if you desire to cancel the order.
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Early clay  pipes were made from clay dug out of the ground, warpage and cracking were common. Today, clay is manufactured from  the separate ingredients. Commercially produced, ‘scientifically’, modified and tested  clays  avoid warpage cracking and distortion. I wanted to make a  clay pipe by the original process using ‘out of the ground clay’. I dug  clay for this pipe out of the ground were I lived, removed stones and roots, slaked the  clay in water, dried it to a 'pressable' consistency and pressed  the raw pipe clay in my gin press in a  replica  Scottish T.McLachlin no 18  clay pipe mold. When  fired, it exhibited a ‘ toast’ appearance: the Pakuranga toastie clay pottery pipe was born!  It exhibits a bit of warpage in the stem, but is a great little clay pipe, truly manufactured by the original clay pipe making process. 


In October 2010 I received an inquiry for  pipes for the film ‘The Hobbit’  which was then in pre production. Read more;  Five types of pipe were selected and a change was made to the tips – no longer glazed with red tips, I now glazed these hobbit pipes with white opaque tips. I supplied my  straight straw,  curved  straw,   small plain as well as the Pakuranga toasties  In addition I made my long curved Aldermans  - the Gandolf pipe. The Aldermans -  long  Church warden type pipes are  very easy to break both during the making process and in shipping  so I have never  offered them for sale on my web site. Some pipes went to the costuming department and some to the set dressing department.