Old German Clay: Ship of the Line Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-557-0020

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 a sleek Ship of the Line design by Markus Fohr with a detailed nautical motif.

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: 4.62 in./117.35 mm.
  • Weight: 0.64 oz./18.14 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.18 in./29.97 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 0.93 in./23.62 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Cutty
  • Finish: Carved
  • Material: Clay
  • Country: Germany
Customer Reviews (3 Total)
Overall Rating:
2.67 out of 5 stars
Perfect little pipe!
April 05, 2022
Product: Old German Clay Ship of the Line
If you want to dedicate a pipe for sampling new blends, this is the PERFECT pipe for it. If you do not have alot of time, or just want a quick smoke/fix, this is the PERFECT pipe. My only complaint is, the Anchor impression is not as good as the s... Read More
A perfect quick smoke
November 30, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Ship of the Line
A lot of people are often surprised by the tiny size of this pipe, and to them I say CHECK THE DIMENSIONS. The weight is wrong, but everything else is correct. If you're looking for a pipe for a long, thoughtful smoke, this is not it. But if you want... Read More
Dafuq
October 26, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Ship of the Line
I'm dumbfounded. The number don't do this one justice. On paper she's a tad shorter in length than my favorite Rob Roy. In real life this thing looks like a dolls toy and the pictures make one assume the spur on the bottom is a pair of feet no no no ... Read More
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