Lids on all kind of pipes

To protect clothing against sparks, the pipe bowl has been covered with a simple cap since the seventeenth century. The lid of thin brass with a cut edge around and secured with a chain on the stem of the clay pipe is the oldest form. In some cases it is attached to the bowl rim with a hinge.

Fairly more common is the copper or iron wire braided spark-arrester or spark catcher. It was called prison work, because the braiding of pipe bonnets was typical work for prisoners. The dome shape is the most famous, in addition there is a high cap. The purely cylindrical bonnets, which are mainly intended for porcelain pipe bowls, date from the late nineteenth century. They are machined and the metal wire is even mechanically soldered. The more affluent smoker uses a silver spark-arrester with a fine safety chain on his long Gouda pipe, preferably in helmet shape.

We find the most beautiful lids by far on the elegant Central European pipes made in carved wood. Beautiful silver embossment or openwork domes are combined with the most imaginative clasps. Another option is a scene carved in wood to be mounted as a lid in a silver setting.

In the nineteenth century, the pipe cap became an industrial product. For example, the high lids perfectly fitting on Chemnitz pipes with their octagonal bowl. The perforations and the relief work were made with punching machines.

In the twentieth century, the briar pipe is provided with a lid only in exceptional cases. Then it is an addition in silver on the very luxurious pipe. Otherwise, cheap clamp lids with a spring are available that fit on practically any pipe. These lids are meant to smoke the pipe outdoors in the wind. The functionality of this lid is its only purpose, without any showy effect.

APM 323
APM 573b
APM 854
APM 1.050a
APM 1.411
APM 1.528
APM 1.852
APM 20.629
APM 2.792
APM 3.346
APM 3.507
APM 4.635
APM 5.138a
APM 6.632
APM 8.712
APM 8.854
APM 9.679
APM 9.048
APM 23.292
APM 9.425
APM 9.680a
APM 22.000
APM 11.450a
APM 9.024d
APM 12.632
APM 12.705
APM 13.290b
APM 22.133
APM 13.482
APM 13.846
APM 20.634
APM 13.870
APM 14.077
APM 14.246
APM 14.822
APM 14.933
APM 23.289
APM 17.763
APM 23.707
APM 24.022
APM 22.892
APM 22.820
APM 17.762