Old German Clay: Tavern Belge (Black) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-557-0004

Old German Clay pipes are hand-crafted by Markus Fohr in Montabaur, Germany, using the region's prized white clay. Maintaining his family's rich pipe-making tradition, Fohr utilizes antique hand-presses to mold pipes in the style of centuries past, with some of the presses dating back to the late 18th century. Until briar was popularized in the mid 19th century, clay pipes dominated the pipe-smoking milieu, and for many, they were the only smoking instruments available: Meerschaum pipes existed, but clay was more ubiquitous and economically accessible. Most public houses and taverns provided a communal supply of clay pipes, often in long, willowy Churchwarden form. Today, while briar pipes have become the norm for most pipe smokers, clay pipes are still available and offer a distinct aesthetic and what many consider a neutral flavor. In fact, pipe-tobacco blenders often utilize clay pipes when testing and experimenting with prospective mixtures. Clay is more delicate than other pipe-making materials, so special care is advised when storing and traveling with a clay pipe; however, they're incredibly heat-resistant and immune to burnout, making them perfect workhorse smokers. Even though the bowl will get hot, there's no risk of damaging the pipe — they're fired in a kiln during production, after all.

Offered here is the sleek Tavern Belge pipe by Markus Fohr with a black finish, featuring an elongated stem like clay tavern pipes of centuries past.

Note: While all of our other pipes are photographed individually, these are not, and you may expect some reasonable cosmetic variation between the example we've photographed and the pipe you've received.

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 8.72 in./221.49 mm.
  • Weight: 1.12 oz./31.75 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.42 in./36.07 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.03 in./26.16 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Carved
  • Material: Clay
  • Country: Germany
Customer Reviews (6 Total)
Overall Rating:
4.92 out of 5 stars
Old School Cool
April 30, 2020
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Belge (Black)
Markus Fohr Tavern is one of my favorite pipes. With a deep and wide bowl. At almost 9" in length it is a treat to smoke.
Nice smoker, cool in black
December 29, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Belge (Black)
Really pleasant smoker. Very light, smokes cool and dry.
The reader’s pipe
June 07, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Belge (Black)
This pipe has risen to the top of my list, more than any other. Based on the words for a churchwarden pipe it other languages, long pipes were developed to keep the bowl and its smoke away from the face as you looked down at a book. I love this pipe ... Read More
The True Sherlock
January 08, 2022
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Belge (Black)
“And, Watson, please go downstairs and order me a pound of dark shag from the tobacconist: I must work.” As alluded to in the description, this is the actual kind of pipe Holmes was described as smoking, and is pictured smoking in the early illustra... Read More
Great value
April 08, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Belge (Black)
These OGC pipes are a great, inexpensive way to experience blends in a pure way. Plus you’re smoking the way your ancestors did. I’m getting more.
My friends call it the Gandalf pipe...
February 12, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Belge (Black)
So since I can’t take this tavern pipe to a tavern, I smoke it at home with a tumbler of bourbon, with one of those giant ice cubes you only find in a fancy-ass cocktail bar. Naturally, my buddies come by and drink some with me, and any time this pip... Read More
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