Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Vintage Ad (1895): F.W. Kaldenberg's Sons

Another pipe maker lost to history. This design of bowl is still called the bulldog. Note the "amber mouthpiece." Amber was used as such long ago, but it didn't wear well, because it became too fragile and brittle and broke easily. Some modern stem-makers create hard plastic (acrylic) stems to imitate amber because of its attractive appearance.

If an old pipe like this was still floating around somewhere with an amber stem attached, it would likely have a very high collectible value, and most people probably wouldn't smoke it for fear of breaking it.

1 comment:

  1. Off topic, but here's a REALLY BAD pipe design: