Old German Clay: Antique Tavern Belge (Black) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-557-0060

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 Antique Tavern Belge by Markus Fohr with a black finish, featuring an elongated stem like clay 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: 8.50 in./215.90 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 0.97 in./24.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: N/A
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Churchwarden
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Clay
  • Country: Germany
Customer Reviews (3 Total)
Overall Rating:
4.83 out of 5 stars
Five Decades
March 04, 2023
Product: Old German Clay Antique Tavern Belge (Black)
It took 5 decades of piping and retirement last year before I accepted my faults and purchased my first 2 clays. Everything said about them is gospel truth. From first light to last ash,slow sipping will bring out the true flavor and taste of the tob... Read More
Great For a first time clay
April 17, 2024
Product: Old German Clay Antique Tavern Belge (Black)
For my birthday this year I purchased some Gentleman's Rum Vanilla along with this pipe. This is my first clay, having used briars and cobs in the past. I've been a pipe smoker for a few years and I've always wanted to try a clay. I picked this one... Read More
Absolutely phenomenal
August 19, 2023
Product: Old German Clay Antique Tavern Belge (Black)
While far from the most experienced smoker, I found the quality from this clay to be immaculate. No ghosting, cool smoke, and such a traditional look. It's amazing!
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