Old German Clay: Tavern Cutty with Hemp Wrap Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-557-0028

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 Cutty pipe by Markus Fohr, featuring an elongated stem like clay pipes of centuries past and a hemp-wrapped shank for in-hand comfort.

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: 12.07 in./306.58 mm.
  • Weight: 0.93 oz./26.31 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.89 in./22.61 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.05 in./26.67 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Churchwarden
  • Finish: Carved
  • Material: Clay
  • Country: Germany
Customer Reviews (6 Total)
Overall Rating:
4.83 out of 5 stars
People Who Smoke Clay Pipes Shouldn’t Get Stoned!
January 27, 2022
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Cutty with Hemp Wrap
I discovered the joys of smoking a clay pipe a couple of months ago and soon after, I bought this one. It has been a delight to smoke ever since, even after I broke almost an inch off the tip the 2nd day I had it. The pipe went right on performing in... Read More
Great Churchwarden!
September 29, 2020
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Cutty with Hemp Wrap
Over the past five years I have purchased many an inexpensive churchwarden, I have always loved the aesthetic but never wanted to invest a large chunk of cash. As you may be able to guess, these pipes always tended to be compromised in some way, and ... Read More
A Fantastic Piece of History
November 30, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Cutty with Hemp Wrap
A big fan of clay pipes, this is one of OGC's best. The bowl is nice and deep, making of for a long cool smoke. While some don't find clay comfortable on the teeth, this isn't a clencher so it's not really an issue. Be careful, though, as it is a ver... Read More
First clay
November 13, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Cutty with Hemp Wrap
My first clay, and what a wonderful clay it was-before I dropped it. It is indeed a touch fragile if dropped, mainly due to it being clay and also so long. I always mis estimate the dowl dimension listed, and I must say this had quite the bowl. The ... Read More
A great all day smoker
July 22, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Cutty with Hemp Wrap
My go to pipe these days. I find myself ordering them more than I like because my cats keep throwing them off the table and breaking the stems.
First Churchwarden/Clay
June 10, 2021
Product: Old German Clay Tavern Cutty with Hemp Wrap
This is my 1st Clay pipe and 1st Churchwarden. Relatively inexpensive, it does indeed let one taste the tobacco better than in a briar. It seems pretty fragile, but with proper care promises many enjoyable pipefuls.
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