A most unusual item. A CHURCHWARDEN pipe is a tobacco pipe with a long stem. The history of the pipe is traced to the late 18th or early 19th century. The only requirement for a pipe to be considered a CHURCHWARDEN is its length - generally anywhere from 9” to 18”. The pipe enclosed in this box is 15”. Since clay pipes are fragile, they were shipped in wooden boxes. This is the only CHURCHWARDEN pipe box that I have ever seen. A most unusual box with its original Spanish Brown painted surface, a stained interior, slide top and the interior of the box with cut out sections where the pipe was cradled. The pipe box measures 17” x 3” x 2 1/2”. The box has some breaks and minor repairs, but considering its age and use it is in wonderful condition with original square nailed construction.(AETE)
List Price: $550
Notes: Churchwarden pipes were reputedly named after Churchwardens, or night watchmen of churches in the time that churches never locked their doors. These "churchwardens" couldn't be expected to go all night without a smoke, so they had pipes that were made with exceptionally long stems so the smoke and the pipe wouldn't be in their line of sight as they kept watch.
Churchwardens pipes were reputedly named after the Churchwardens who used to put their pipes long stem out of the church windows so they could smoke in church.
Churchwarden pipes generally produce a cooler smoke due to the distance smoke must travel from the bowl to the mouthpiece. They have the added benefit of keeping the user's face further away from the heat and smoke produced by combustion in the bowl.
Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.