I 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
The Pakuranga Marbled Clay smoking pipe.
White earthenware Gin pressed clay tobacco pipe
White Clay pipe Npp128
In October 2010 I received an inquiry for pipes for the film ‘The Hobbit’ which was then in pre production. 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.
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 pipe HSP1
Clay pipe BSIM1214
Victorian Curved 'Straw' traditional clay tobacco smoking pipe.
Clay pipe BSIM1215..
Sailors pipe with ship and anchor on bowl.
16 gms, 11cm/4.5 inches .
Clay pipe Npp136
Plain curved tobacco smoking pipe,green glazed tip.
Clay pipe Npp134
$20.00Comes with clay pipe information booklet
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 emblemDid 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
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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.
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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
Where the pipe is out of stock we will advise you within 24 hours of receipt of your order.
Out of stock pipes
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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