Pipes with a difficult name

20 August 2021

Pipes with a difficult name

The purchase of a few pipes with the portrait of a historical warrior prompted us to delve into the history of the nineteenth century portrait pipe. This resulted in a fascinating article about the Gallic hero Vercingetorix, a household name for Asterix readers. The article tells the story of the man who, as chieftain, resisted the all-powerful Romans and was therefore idealized in the nineteenth century as the founder of Gaul or France. In addition to beautiful pipes, the article also presents an exciting history. Now available to read on our website.

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Article on Japanese smoking paraphernalia

19 July 2021

Article on Japanese smoking paraphernalia

Published on the web this week, a new article by Don Duco. It concerns a sketch of the special smoking utensils from Japan, written on the basis of the collection of our museum. Not only the characteristic Japanese pipes are discussed, but especially the pipe holders or kiseruzutsu with accompanying tobacco boxes and tobacco pouches. More than eighty photos provide a cross-section of the objects that were so familiar to the Japanese for a long time and have now fallen out of use. An interesting anthology about a consumer article that has remained virtually out of the picture in the Dutch tobacco literature. Fortunately, this article now changes that.

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Progression in photos

4 July 2021

Progression in photos

It's been a year since we updated our photo collection on the web in this series. In July 2020, it was the milestone of 170,000 unique images. Today, almost a year later, the counter passed the next five thousand! A small difference in percentage, but again a more impressive number. Describing and photographing our collection has become an essential task behind the scenes. The silence and months of closure of our museum because of Corona made us progress in this. If you look at the website more often, you will certainly spot the additions, because there are countless never-before-seen acquisitions, some of which make a splashing impression.

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Impressive pipe factory

28 June 2021

Impressive pipe factory

Where pipe factories all over the world have to close their doors, downsize or even go bankrupt, the opposite happens at Chacom. This French briar factory, the oldest in the world, moved into new premises. They exchanged a dusty and damp factory space in the center of Saint-Claude for a fresh and modern building on the outskirts of the city. With 3,000 square meters there is enough space for efficient production units and the stock of turned but unfinished pipes. In addition, there is a lot of room for the company history with antique machines and advertisements. A must for every pipe smoker is a visit to the great showroom with beautiful videos of the production and history, but also the complete overview of their current range. There is also the nicest merchandising such as T-shirts and mugs with print in which the pipe plays the leading role. It is the impressive but perhaps also the last proof of the great history of the briar industry in Saint Claude. Congratulations to Antoine Grenard who took the initiative for this.

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History of Commoy-David

25 June 2021

History of Commoy-David

Today in Saint-Claude, the French pipe city where as a confrère you regularly have to show your face and where we know various pipe makers personally. When visiting Jacky Craen, Don Duco received a unique archival item for our collection as a gift. The retired pipe maker still runs his shop in the center of town. From his father-in-law he still owned an impressive folio with the financial administration of the company Commoy-David. Coincidentally, the opposite has been present in our library for years, but it could never have been understood without this part. By completing this five-hundred-page folio with the cash register of this interesting company, we gain a unique insight into the sales figures plus distribution of customers in Europe during and just after the First World War.

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Professor Fock passed away

22 June 2021

Professor Fock passed away

Within the art-historical world, the city of Leiden has been known for decades as the city of applied arts. The first professor, Professor Theo Lunsingh Scheurleer, was succeeded in 1982 by Professor C. Willemijn Fock. Don Duco graduated with her in 1987. Later, Professor Fock was prepared to take on an advisory role in the Pijpenkabinet foundation, following her vision that applied arts should be stimulated across the board. As a result, our field of expertise also rose in prestige. We keep fond memories of Willemijn's commitment, in a formal sense, but also of pleasant hours with her at the dinner table.

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Twenty years of 'Object of the month'

18 June 2021

Twenty years of 'Object of the month'

This month, with issue number 240, we are completing exactly twenty years with our ‘Object of the month’ section. In the meantime, not only the section on our homepage has become familiar, but also the messages about this on Facebook. To some, even the objects will look familiar. Time for change? No, why should we? The section is too popular to exchange for an alternative. For now, we'll just keep going, for many of our site visitors it's the first thing they look at. And when it comes to our field, there is always enough choice of attractive, curious or descriptive objects to highlight with a story.

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International Museum Week – Day 7

13 June 2021

International Museum Week – Day 7

Words for the Future. Smoking has a bad smell since the invention of the cigarette. Pipe smoking on the contrary is meant as a ceremony, as a moment of relaxation, only you with your pipe or in pleasant company. What will that be like in 100 years? Hopefully the addictive cigarette will then really be something of the past, while the tobacco pipe makes it revival among connoisseurs. Anyhow, the collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum will still exist as an archive of this special heritage.
More info on APM library

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International Museum Week – Day 6

12 June 2021

International Museum Week – Day 6

Art is everywhere… This is the famous pipe from 1994 called 'screw driver', exactly what it is. But now in platinum glazed ceramic, made by the Gouda pipe manufacturer GTP. Guido Geelen, the designer, turned a simple utensil into a work of art, which can also be used and enjoyed as a tobacco pipe! That's creative!
More info on APM 13.805ddd

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International Museum Week – Day 5

11 June 2021

International Museum Week – Day 5

Caption this. Is it the French shop window display pipe called 'femme Renaissance' made in 1860? Or a remake of Madonna in her iconic 'cone bra' by Jean Paul Gaultier from 1990? See what you want in it, the collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum offers every opportunity for creative thinking and free association!
More info on APM 1.888

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International Museum Week – Day 4

10 June 2021

International Museum Week – Day 4

Eureka! A new discovery as a solution to a long-standing problem: the short pipe becomes too hot, the smoke too moist hence the taste gets spoiled. Well, in 1946 a certain Bryson from California thought to offer the solution with this system pipe. The aluminium stem has an ingenious system inside that forces the smoke to take a long zig-zag path and thus cools it down. Still, the pipe was not a big success and did not last long.
More info on APM 17.899

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International Museum Week – Day 3

9 June 2021

International Museum Week – Day 3

Through children's eyes the collection of the #AmsterdamPipeMuseum looks very different. They are the first to notice that there are so many jolly animals in the museum. These two porcelain animals are really meant for smoking; acting as pipe bowls, the smoke comes out of the ears and mouth! Everyone can see what he likes in a museum!
More info on APM 12.781 en APM 13.606

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International Museum Week – Day 2

8 June 2021

International Museum Week – Day 2

Behind the scenes the museum stores everything that cannot be shown in the permanent presentation, but that is strongly related with the theme. For example, the Amsterdam_Pipe_Museum has a documentation room with hundreds of boxes of printed matter, papers from the past about tobacco, cigars, etc. This is a cigar box label for quality cigars with a fancy factory building on it, beautifully printed, embossed and gilded in an expensive process.
More info on APM 28.872

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International Museum Week – Day 1

7 June 2021

International Museum Week – Day 1

Once upon a time ... in a land far from here, there was an Indian who had found a plant in the jungle that smelled wonderful when burned. He made a hollow tube in clay, baked it as ceramic. Stuffed with the crushed leaves he could burn and inhale the smoke. The tobacco pipe was born. This 'tubular pipe' from Central America dates from the first centuries of our era and is one of the earliest examples.
More info on APM 19.821

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Next week Museum Week!

4 June 2021

Next week Museum Week!

It is museum week from 7 to 13 June 2021. Not an ordinary national event but an international museum week especially on social-media. The Amsterdam Pipe Museum follows the seven themes of the day with an object from our collections. In this way we contribute to the countless activities in all parts of the world and hope to draw more attention to our renewed website. Facebook and Instagram support this activity.

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Carnation campaign for culture

1 June 2021

Carnation campaign for culture

From 1 to 5 June the Dutch Carnation Action takes place, a fundraising campaign by the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund. Not only because we sympathize this Charity, but mainly because we ourselves have had no income for the past six months, we are participating for the Amsterdam Pipe Museum this year. Our aim is to raise money with which we can continue with the innovations of our unique website. The fundraising will be only online, with a special QR code (see above). Scan the code and transfer an amount via your own bank account, large or small - every contribution is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your gift!

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Memorial book APG

19 May 2021

Memorial book APG

A gift was presented today by Anneroos Meyboom and Frans Brouwer, both former board members of the Pijpenkabinet Foundation. It concerns the anniversary book of the Amsterdam Pipe Smokers' Association, once founded in our museum. The circle has now been in existence for twenty years. An opportune moment for a limited edition commemorative book to capture the illustriousness of the society for posterity. A special asset to our library, the culture of pipe smoking is increasingly fading into the background. Photos of members enjoying pipe and tobacco bring back that atmosphere of yesteryear.

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Cleaning moulds

17 May 2021

Cleaning moulds

This week an imaginary trip to the reserves of pipe makers’ tools to select dirty pipe moulds for cleaning. This year not with two but with four hands, with the help of an intern who quickly learns what cleaning means without destroying the patina of years. It wasn't difficult this year to select a portion of more than a hundred dusty molds for cleaning, next year it will be different. Most of the work has been done, so this sub-collection is now looking fine. After this weekend, a photo week will follow in order to make the results visible on the web. Then this heavy collection part can be viewed and studied all over the world.

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The first museum visitors

7 May 2021

The first museum visitors

Although the formal lockdown has still not ended, we received the first group of visitors today. It concerns six students from the Reinwardt Academy who were given a thorough tour along the museum collection by our intern Jesse. As part of his studies, he presented a heritage project in which he addressed an appropriate museum issue, namely the exceptional yet aesthetic design of our museum. The visit was lightly interrupted with a nutritious lunch.

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Online sale

29 April 2021

Online sale

In times of Corona and therefore regular income disappearing, it is very important to generate new funds. We do this, among other things, by better filling the webshop that has been added to our new website. In addition to our books and the well-known double-walled Zenith pipes, we have created a new category: new old stock. These are unused wooden pipes that were manufactured long ago. Due to their age of about forty to over a hundred years, the brand is often rare, if it has not been discontinued for a long time. The model is now also scarce, but still just as attractive. In addition, the wood is much longer and therefore dries better, so that the pipe tastes softer. Every reason to promote these pipes from never-sold stocks. Easy to find via www.pipemuseum.nl and then click on the shop tab or directly via www.pipeshop.nl.

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A toast on the new website

21 April 2021

A toast on the new website

The crew of Datatrippers, our IT specialists, is our guest today - at an appropriate Corona distance - to raise a glass to the completion of our renewed website. For more than two years we have been actively working to reach this moment. The new website has received numerous extra features, such as a complete English version, also a new thesaurus that makes it possible to use search terms in German, French, English or Dutch language. In doing so, the system searches for the most suitable technology or material, county or tribe that you are looking for. In addition, all articles have been given a new look and the series of titles has been further expanded. All in all, it has been an incredible task. Of course additional information will follow in the near future. With the launch of the new site the older ones such as www.Pijpenkabinet.nl and the previous version of www.Pipemuseum.nl will be discontinued. Today a big thank you to the indispensable team of Datatrippers: Jurgen for the smooth and cooperative communication, Kristel for the design and Robert for solving all database bumps. Hats off to these skills and craftmanship!

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The importance of the library

19 April 2021

The importance of the library

Today a new video in our series has been posted on the museum's YouTube channel. This time it is Benedict Goes who talks about the importance of the library for a museum. With a number of special books as examples, he explains that books and other printed publications add depth and knowledge to the collection. Regardless of whether it concerns the design or the material, the method of use or the vision of the smoker of yesteryear. You can read all this in handbooks for smokers, antiquarian poetry, overviews and many other books. It is clear that we cherish our library and certainly cannot do without it to gain all the knowledge about our objects.

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Three videos in a row

8 April 2021

Three videos in a row

Our intern Jesse is doing well. In the past week he completed three films, which are now on our YouTube channel. After intensive days for the recordings, always at a different location, editing followed for him. Get ready for the PC to watch and see and hear more about the corncob pipe, the painted porcelain pipe and the video about pipes for the queen. The braid of meter pipes is a unique historical document that certainly deserves a film. This time co-starring Benedict Goes as presenter.

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Anton Manger

4 April 2021

Anton Manger

Today we were informed that the well-known German pipe maker and pipe collector Anton Manger has passed away on March 31. He reached the respectable age of 92 years and was still active as a pipe maker until the very last. Manger was truly a dedicated collector. His greatest passion lay with the Ulmer Kloben, the German burl wood pipe on which he wrote a monograph. His collection contained almost too many such pipes, incorporating every single different detail. In addition, he published a book on the meerschaum pipe production in Ruhla. We will miss his enthusiasm and dedication.

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Tobacco pipes made of ivory

29 March 2021

Tobacco pipes made of ivory

Few materials are rarer than ivory to make tobacco pipes. That has made them highly sought after and extremely exclusive since the eighteenth century. Understandable that you don't see them often, because this hard dental material is difficult to work with and actually not very suitable for the smoker who wants to enjoy it comfortably. Curator Don Duco has taken six ivory pipes from our rich museum collection and studied them from the material and the books. This provides a new view on these rare pipes. Read the article to discover everything about the design, the ways of production and the dating of these artistic and desirable little works of art.

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Premiere on YouTube

17 March 2021

Premiere on YouTube

Intern Jesse launched the first short film on YouTube today. Doing so, our museum is making a start in a new domain. We were already strong in providing visual material, but from now on the museum will also present itself in moving images. This first video is the start of a series in which the Amsterdam Pipe Museum will primarily appeal to young people. The first subject chosen is the introduction of the characteristic Japanese tobacco pipe, the kiseru with its small metal pipe bowl and bamboo stem. With such short videos, we hope to draw more attention to the subject of pipe smoking, both in a historical perspective and on current affairs.

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International Women’s Day

8 March 2021

International Women’s Day

Today it is International Women’s Day, but a hundred years ago there was no such an event, however emancipation was jet a theme for women. The most obvious way to show this was to wear reform clothing, modern dresses without a corset! This beautiful Art-Déco cigar box label in our collection shows this reform clothing, an unexpected combination with a cigar brand.

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Enjoy browsing through the collection

6 March 2021

Enjoy browsing through the collection

This week a new item on the website has been completed: virtual exhibitions of objects from our collection. It turned out to be an impressive presentation, intended for anyone who is a bit reluctant to use the search system of the collection database. We hope that these more than 40 new chapters with over five thousand photos will be consulted as frequently as the previous edition with only small thumbnails that has served for more than twenty years. Go to collections on our home page and click on browse the collection and a new world will reveal itself. From now on you can relax at home browsing and watching pipes. One click on the photo and it appears full-page. If you want to know more, click on the number below the picture, then another surprise will follow! In the meantime, we are working on a second version, mainly intended for so-called flat objects: prints and documents.

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Tabacology

19 February 2021

Tabacology

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum collection has had a department for Tabacolgy for years, in addition to clay pipes, archaeology, ethnography, etc. It is a nice term to refer to all objects that have to do with tobacco, or in a broader sense, with smoking. In fact, it is a neologism, a newly invented term, perhaps not even an official word. All of a sudden, something strange is going on. The word tabacology appears to have acquired a different meaning in neighbouring countries. In Belgium and France in particular, unnoticed the term is commonly used for the “medical study on smoking addiction” or “counselling for smoking cessation”. It is even an official university study. Now that is not something that a museum with historical objects around pipe and tobacco wants to be involved with. So as a precaution, to avoid confusion, we have replaced our beloved term tabacology with tobacco curios, subdivided into European or ethnographic. The collection is no less interesting!

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Ice skating on the canal

12 February 2021

Ice skating on the canal

So far we could hardly call it a winter, but since this week it is really freezing cold. For the first time in several years, skating is possible again on the canal. That produces beautiful pictures like this one of our museum from the ice. Wondering how long the winter fun will continue.

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APM now also on Instagram

1 February 2021

APM now also on Instagram

We thought news items on our website and presence on Facebook were sufficient so far, with an energetic intern, new channels of communication are opened. Today we are launching the first post on Instagram. This platform for photos and videos is very similar to Facebook, but it is more visually oriented. Our collection contains so much unexpected footage that we can continue for ages in posting something new. Jesse sets the tone for our museum with his personal choice.

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Trainee pimps up the museum

25 January 2021

Trainee pimps up the museum

As of today, Jesse Bakker, as a second-year student at the Reinwardt Academy im Amsterdam, is the new junior curator of our museum. The only museum training in our country provides students with the right background knowledge and motivation to help us. The vibrant energy of a young person is noticeable from day one. Jesse will mainly focus on our presentation on social media, making videos, everything for the online presence of the museum.

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The virtual collection

16 January 2021

The virtual collection

In the first version of our website early 2000, we launched a virtual presentation. In fact a picture book of special pipes in thematic paragraphs. Over the years, this section of our website turned out to be one of the most popular and frequently cited. These weeks we are working on a new version that will also be drastically expanded. By popular request, the photos can now be enlarged, simply with a click on the image. Another new feature is a link under each photo to our collection database, so that with a simple click all information about this particular object is shown. Whether they are called picture books, virtual presentations or illustrated encyclopedias, the optical result is really attractive.

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First acquisition 2021

14 January 2021

First acquisition 2021

Where in the past sellers and private individuals had the pleasure of coming to the museum in person to offer something for our collection, in Corona time everything goes by mail. Hastily handed over at the doorstep by a delivery boy with face mask. For example, today we received our first acquisition of the year 2021, a nineteenth-century cigar holder carved in meerschaum with an amber mouthpiece. As a depiction a slightly piquant woman, this time not just a head with a beautiful hairstyle or hat, but a complete bust which makes this pipe special. She holds one hand on her hat, in the other we see a bouquet. The beautiful patina is the result of frequent smoking. It is evident that the original owner enjoyed a lot of pleasure by smoking and viewing.

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Christmas and New Year’s wishes

24 December 2020

Christmas and New Year’s wishes

From the Amsterdam Pipe Museum on the Prinsengracht we wish you a merry Christmas and a good, healthy and happy 2021. Of course we hope that the new year has more freedom to offer and that we can meet again in our museum and the museum shop again in the New Year!

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Another lock-down

8 December 2020

Another lock-down

For those who follow the news, it was no surprise that a new lock-down was imminent. Today shops and museums close and that will remain so until January 19, 2021. For many people this will be the quietest Christmas time of their lives. A huge disappointment for the museums, the employees and all volunteers because December is the nicest winter month with atmospheric decorations and lighting. As a contribution to public health, we will adhere to the new rules. The work behind the scenes continues without interruption.

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La ronde Bretonne

6 December 2020

La ronde Bretonne

A unique asset to our collection: a pipe with the special name La Ronde Bretonne. Over a dozen men, women and children sit around a column, playing an instrument, or singing  and even rocking a toddler. In short, a table tobacco pipe with a jolly scene that brings cheerfulness into the home to get through the Holiday Season. With a base and lid made of amber and gold-plated silver mounting, packed in a wooden case with black leather on the outside and velvet on the inside. A pipe made in Paris at the time by Louis Lavisse, a maker of name and fame. We discovered this specimen in a French auction report as early as 2004. Since then, this object has been hiding in a private collection from where it is now sold. Today the object has been purchased by us and has become a museum item, a final destination worthy for such  a special object!

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Stummels put in timeline

15 November 2020

Stummels put in timeline

In a recent article Don Duco recounts the complete history of the stummel, the famous German porcelain pipe bowl that was produced for over two centuries. It concerns the pipe bowl with an oval bowl and a short stem made of shiny white porcelain. These pipes are loved for their painting, which in its heyday was of incredible quality and refinement. The history of this article is told through more than 150 examples from our rich collection. This piece of research will answer many owners of such a pipe bowl to questions about usage, fashion and age, but it will also point out interesting technical features.

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Zoom session European Commission

10 November 2020

Zoom session European Commission

Europa Nostra has organized a complex conference call, in which twenty laureates of the European Hertage Award plus another dozen officials will meet with the European Commissioner for Culture and Education Mariya Gabriel. She expresses her appreciation for all the public attention to heritage that the prize winners from so many countries have created with their activities. For Don Duco the official moment receiving the award, however from behind his own laptop. Still a memorable moment, concluded with a virtual reception where you can raise your own glass with your favorite drink. During the drink nice reactions from audience, also from the Netherlands! And finally: many thanks to the jury for this great European prize.

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No Museum Night

7 November 2020

No Museum Night

Normally, the immensely popular Museum Night or MuseumN8 takes place on the first Saturday of November. It had long been clear that that event had to give way to ongoing Cornona restrictions. A pity, because our museum always looks fairytale-like with pink facade lighting and atmospheric artificial light inside during the night. As in an old Dutch song: Once a year, the whole gang comes together, now they can only dream of the year to come!

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Metadata week

16 October 2020

Metadata week

An important, but invisible aspect of creating a new website is guaranteeing good findability. To this end, you can add keywords to pages, the so-called metadata. For a week we did nothing but enter these words that are invisible to the web visitor. Just hope they will serve you well later. After that we quickly exchanged this virtual world for the reality of all the other work, such as emails and collection management.

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Promotion by Amsterdam&Partners

3 October 2020

Promotion by Amsterdam&Partners

Clever Instagram action by Amsterdam city marketing department, aimed at local residents to get them to the museums. See also: thuisinams uitinams hoegaathetmet museum pipemuseum amsterdampipemuseum. You swipe between four photos of our museum and read in a short quote what a visit looks like, what you can learn and why you mùst visit Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Looks nice! Hope many people will see and share it. Take a look for yourself at this link.

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End of anniversary year

1 October 2020

End of anniversary year

When we reached the milestone of our 50th anniversary on October 1, 2019, we were full of energy to make it a real festive year. Memorize what we have achieved in half a century in terms of the expanding collection, unexpected research, the beautiful museum. And repeatedly giving press impulses to put the Amsterdam Pipe Museum better on the map. Unfortunately, all those plans were disrupted by Covid-19. Fifty weeks later, only the diaries that Don Duco wrote as mementos of memorable feats of arms will still recall the festive year. All public activities were canceled due to Covid restrictions. Our museum has to wait with the other Dutch museums for new opportunities once the virus has passed away. Only then a normal way of life will give room for culture again. So please be patient.

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Remarkable donation

29 September 2020

Remarkable donation

It is not often that a museum visitor comes to our museum and offers a pipe as a gift. Today we got a visit from a lady living in Amsterdam-Buitenveldert. She resided in Iran for a period in the late 1960s. In addition to all kinds of jewelry, she owned an antique pipe, which she came to show. It is a typical Persian utility pipe, but one with an evident age. The long wooden stem is octagonal with two bands in subtle chip carving work. The object was bought on the antique market in Tehran at the time. She generously offered the pipe to our collection. A special donation because tribal pipes with a considerable age are not easy to find nowadays.

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Artworks in wood

27 September 2020

Artworks in wood

This autumn, the beautiful magazine Métier dedicated to craft, art, materials and technology presents an article about wooden pipes by Benedict Goes. Six pages in full colour show interesting objects from our collection, some even full-page. The text not only establishes the historical connection, but also highlights the special techniques that have been applied throughout Europe, from fine carving to inlay work with silver thread. A free copy is available for our donors.

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Auction Barton

22 September 2020

Auction Barton

Although most of the famous Barton collection was already sold at auction in 2010, a new group of pipes came up for auction quite unexpectedly. A wide variety of pipes were offered in more than sixty lots, from porcelain and meerschaum to ethnographic material. As to be expected, this included numerous interesting objects for our collection. We purchased a total of twenty objects, mainly ethnographic. The masterpiece in it is a tobacco pipe from Siberia made of mammoth ivory, a rare object that we were never able to acquire. The pedigree of this specimen is particularly interesting, Barton had taken over the piece from Alfred Dunhill's collection. The pipe was considered special even a hundred years ago, and it is not without reason that it is pictured on the dust cover of Dunhill's standard work.

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Danish design in Het Parool

21 September 2020

Danish design in Het Parool

In response to the donation of the pipes smoked by politician Jos van Kemenade and our exhibition, Het Parool wrote about us again. In the column Aldus by Dylan van Eijkeren, Benedict Goes tells in five questions something about current events, in this case about the origin of the pipes of a Dutch celebrity. This immediately resulted in a number of nice reactions via facebook and watsapp and also led to some more museum visits.

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Red T-shirt campaign

19 September 2020

Red T-shirt campaign

Another good Instagram action by Amsterdam & Partners aimed at the city residents to get them to the museums. With a customized T-shirt especially for our museum, we can now take a picture to highlight the museum. After all, photos of people work better than dead objects on Instagram. See also: thuisinams uitinams hoegaathetmet museum pipemuseum amsterdampipemuseum iamsterdam maaktmokum. It doesn't really work yet, but that is understandable with the simultaneous advice to work from home as much as possible (and therefore to stay at home). Against the current, we will continue to exist for the time being and we’re open to the diehard fan.

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Smoke column turns into a museum object

18 September 2020

Smoke column turns into a museum object

In February we already reported the removal of the smoke pole or smoke column from all train stations. That has now been realized. Today the contractor delivered a beautiful copy to the museum. This donation from ProRail makes this "dirty ashtray" a symbol of an era in which cigarettes were still tolerated. That time is over, smoking is prohibited in public transport and all its premises. From now on, the smoke column will continue as a museum object, for the time being in the reserves. One time it will serve a new museum presentation.

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Exhibition Danish Design

14 September 2020

Exhibition Danish Design

Our museum's post-summer exhibition showcases modern pipe designs, including many freehands, a style that originated in Denmark. The modern pipes are characterized by an asymmetrical shape, which is difficult to reach in the rock-hard briar wood. Usually this is milled on a turning lathe to a perfectly round shape. The design pipes were all smoked by former minister Jos van Kemenade, who died last February. He had a specific preference for this Danish Design. His legacy of smoking equipment has been donated to the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, to which this original exhibition "Danish design, the choice of Jos van Kemenade" is due. On display until November 21, 2020.

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Pipe museum Oberelsbach

7 September 2020

Pipe museum Oberelsbach

Finally we could make it to a museum that has been on the bucket-list for years: the First German Tobacco Pipe Museum in Oberelsbach, a small town in the northern part of Bavaria. This local museum is as specialized as ours, it only exhibits pipes. Housed in a historic building, smoking pipes that were especially popular in that area of Germany are displayed across four halls. The interior is ultramodern, which fits well with the highly renovated interior of the building. Nice groups are the typical German porcelain pipes with paintings for soldiers, students or craftsmen.

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Tobacco Museum Bünde

6 September 2020

Tobacco Museum Bünde

Being in the neighborhood it is always a pleasure to visit the tobacco museum in the well-maintained town of Bünde. Housed in a traditional half-timbered house on the edge of the center, the museum offers a glimpse into the history of tobacco with a special focus on cigar making. As a visitor, you can open numerous drawers in the permanent display to view the depot collection. This way you find out that the collection has a considerable number of tobacco pipes and cigar holders, mainly German material but also objects from abroad. In short, a must for anyone who travels Westphalia.

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Corona changes, an update

29 August 2020

Corona changes, an update

With a declining number of visitors and little traffic on the canal, we notice that Amsterdam has changed dramatically under Covid-19. The usual flow of tourists has completely dried up, only the drug tourist, the young reckless visitor who doesn’t care about anything, has remained. It is not surprising that museum visits have run down drastically, because culture is not their thing. The confusion whether making a reservation is compulsory or not, whether or not to wear a face mask, does not does not contribute to a relaxed museum visit either. For the time being we will remain open and will be welcoming any visitor to the museum. Unfortunately, we won’t have to count on crowds at our place.

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Translation process

27 July 2020

Translation process

In the past three months we had constantly new messages because of the lockdown, now it seems to be a bit of silence about our museum. Behind the scenes we are working on another mega job, that is to say the ongoing translation of our website. A never ending story. We are currently working on the object name field, which is being translated into English. That seems simple, but it involves opening and closing almost 35,000 boxes with the aim of typing in the appropriate translation. It must be said that these translations do not turn out to be easy, because the English language does not always have an equivalent for our specialist vocabulary.

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Unmarked apogee

23 July 2020

Unmarked apogee

During the continuous up-loading of photos into our online database, we appear to have reached a new record. The counter has passed the 170,000 unique photos in our database. As a matter of fact, the record is not in unexpected groups of acquisitions, but in the deepening of the database due to the desire to present multiple photos of each object. This is a unique quality for a museum database, which is highly appreciated by the virtual visitor.

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Film about the prize winner

21 July 2020

Film about the prize winner

The third of July the Dutch crew of Europa Nostra held a shooting day in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum for a short film about our museum in anticipation of the European Heritage Award ceremony. Inspired by this example, all nominees will produce such a video in order to promote their project. Take a preview of the film and experience how Don Duco's decades of dedicated work led to an impressive result.

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Magnificent meerschaum book

7 July 2020

Magnificent meerschaum book

Curator Don Duco made a book review of the recently released book by Anna Ridovics. It is a catalog of one of the divisions of the National Museum in Budapest, where Ridovics has been curator for almost twenty years. Click here and read his findings in the article or better yet, order the book through the museum in Budapest and learn which treasures are hidden in the reserves. The voluminous book with 445 pages with text in two languages and hundreds of good quality photos offers a wonderful insight into this sub-collection.

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Even more freedom

1 July 2020

Even more freedom

The Covid-19 restrictions are gradually scaled down. From the first of this month, the museums are open to visitors again. Appointments with a time slot are no longer necessary. Only if there were really too many visitors at the same time, one has to wait. Although corona has not yet been suppressed, this is yet another major expansion of freedom. Incidentally, it appears that there is absolutely no question of crowds. Most people still have a large reserve for doing things outside their own home. Of course, safety and health come first. In any case, it is quieter in our museum than we would like. Those who want to take advantage of that tranquility are welcome now!

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Private museum of a manufacturer

28 June 2020

Private museum of a manufacturer

Still in Germany, today a visit to collector and pipe manufacturer Anton Manger in Wollbach. In the front part of his former pipe factory, this true pipe enthusiast has set up a museum, which has become a bit messed up due to the vast numbers, but is certainly astonishing . The focus is on Ulmer Kloben and other pipes from that region in addition to porcelain pipes, especially from Ruhla. We were pleased that, contrary to previous visits, Manger was now willing to part with some of the pieces from his long cherished collection. After negotiations we left with some thirty characteristic pipes in wood, porcelain and other materials. An unexpected souvenir of an impressive visit.

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Guest in Ulm

22 June 2020

Guest in Ulm

Talking about German pipes and about quality, the city of Ulm comes to mind. Today we were there to get to know the city and visit the museum. Little remains of the important impulse that radiated from this city in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Besides a single pipe in the city museum, nothing reminds of this remarkable industry. The highlight of the day was the evening program, a visit to the collector and pipe lover Günther Merath. As a descendant of an Ulmer family, at a young age he took up an interest in the Ulmer pipe and has been collecting ever since. This is clearly visible in his fascinating collection. What we looked for in the museum in vain is in the cabinets of this passionate collector!

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45 years of open museum

18 June 2020

45 years of open museum

Today it is forty-five years ago that our museum opened. Back then under the name Pijpenkamer Icon in the back of the gallery of the same name. On a much smaller scale than now in its own canal house, with the attention then still fully focused on the history of the clay pipe. It is an anniversary within an anniversary, which seems to characterize this year. After all, the collection has existed for 50 years, now 45 years as a public museum and also located on the Prinsengracht for another 25 years. Most surprising: because of Corona, 45 years after date, we have fewer visitors than then! Things can be strange in the world.

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Last photo week

16 June 2020

Last photo week

After the last tricky photos of some objects of odd size, we put the photography stuff away to get started with other work. The result is again astonishing: just over 5,000 unique photos made during four months. In the next few weeks, the last photos will be uploaded into the database and will then be available on the web worldwide. That will take a while because checking that everything is in place and has been accurately described always turns out to be a time-consuming task. In the end, it’s great to see the final results.

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Mini anniversary

9 June 2020

Mini anniversary

While we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the collection this year, we reached another milestone today. This very day it is exactly 25 years ago that we received the key to the house on the Prinsengracht. The museum has now been located at the same spot for half of its existence! Looking back, moving to Amsterdam has been a good choice, which provided a tremendous boost to the expansion of the collection and the public reach. What the situation will look like in another 25 years is hard to foresee. Of course it would be great if we could realize a broader exhibition using the potential of our collection, which is still gaining in completeness. That would present our story in a more versatile way. The future will tell.

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Newspaper item

3 June 2020

Newspaper item

Today Dylan van Eijkeren of the column Aldus in Het Parool wrote about us again. In the article, the newspaper readers are called on to vote for Don Duco in the public choice award associated with the Europa Nostra Award. The interview with Duco elaborates on the museum, its origins and the corona closure that has just ended. A photo completes the article.

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Reopening museum

1 June 2020

Reopening museum

Today the end of the lock-down has been announced and the museum is officially open for visits again. Nevertheless, spontaneous visits are no longer possible due to the extra rules, everyone must reserve a visiting time. With our museum with a limited floor space, this is certainly necessary because only three visitors or groups of visitors are allowed to look around at the same time. The Museum Association has drawn up an extensive protocol for all museums. We are curious how things will go, for the time being we are waiting how the situation develops. Anyone who likes to visit is more than welcome to book a time by email or by phone, even shortly in advance. Presently we do not expect serious streams of visitors, because tourism in Amsterdam has largely disappeared. So do not hesitate to make an appointment to come by and smell the scent of drying paint!

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Tripadvisor

27 May 2020

Tripadvisor

Thanks to years of positive reviews on Tripadvisor, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum has regained a new status. We received the Travelers' Choice Award 2020. All locations listed on Tripadvisor are sorted by ‘rating’, with on top the five star category that visitors sometimes award. The award now received means that our museum is one of the ten percent highest rated attractions, worldwide! This exceptional achievement stems from the personal attention each visitor gets from our motivated team of tour guides. An achievement we are proud of!

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Cracks in the walls

22 May 2020

Cracks in the walls

The renovation of the first floor is now in full swing. Critical visitors may have noticed that the side walls had some stubborn cracks in the stucco. Under the supervision of a constructor, these were chiseled out this week, reinforced with steel plates and bricked again. Now that we are tackling this job, it is performed professionally for once and for all. What follows is plastering and painting. At the same time, the beamed ceiling of the main room has been restored. Another two weeks of work and then the museum floor will be in mint condition again. Ready for a new flow of visitors.

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Photo week silver

18 May 2020

Photo week silver

Earlier we reported about the photography that is more successful than usual due to the Covid-19 lockdown. After photographing the acquisitions and all kinds of tools, it is now time for the last portion for this spring session. It concerns the final part of the silver bequest, in particular the part that has been restored so that it can now be shown on camera in shiny condition. In addition to removal of dents and marks from all kinds of accidents in the past, objects have been polished and, if necessary, provided with a replacement mouthpiece. Repairs that greatly contribute to the splendid end result. After the actual photo making, the photo editing is the next step: cropping, optimizing the position, checking for color and removing irregularities. All in all a great job, but with a unique result that will soon be visible worldwide. In a few weeks, the material will be available to everyone on the internet through www.pipemuseum.nl.

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Vote for Don !!

10 May 2020

Vote for Don !!

Part of the prestigious European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Prize is the additional public choice award. This is a cash prize that goes to the project or person most valued by the audience. Everyone can vote via the Europa Nostra website. It is not without reason that we have notified all our relations to cast a vote. Although the competition from all over Europe is fierce, it would be nice if we win. Especially in these harsh corona times, now that all other forms of revenue have disappeared, this cash prize would be a welcome addition to our financial position.

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Prominent in Het Parool

8 May 2020

Prominent in Het Parool

Yesterday, after it was announced that our museum in the person of Don Duco will receive the Europa Nostra Prize, journalist Edo Dijksterhuis wrote a generous article about our museum for the metropolitan newspaper. A good interview with the laureate, including photos in large size. What is special is that this award provides yet another breakthrough: after being active in Amsterdam for 25 years, we are finally prominently featured in Het Parool.

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Video of the laureate

7 May 2020

Video of the laureate

A short video was made for the nomination for the Europa Nostra Prize / European Heritage Award. It presents the life's work of Don Duco and the person himself. Cleverly made, using an old film fragment and a series of photos combined with new video material. See for yourself how the jury presents the laureate and click here.

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Europe Nostra Award 2020

7 May 2020

Europe Nostra Award 2020

HURRAY!! Today it was announced that Don Duco is awarded the European Heritage Prize / Europa Nostra Prize in the category "long-term commitment to culture", otherwise called dedicated service. Don Duco has indeed worked with incredible discipline and persistence for fifty years on the result that is now achieved: museum, study collection, huge documentation files, the website with the entire collection online. What Europe Nostra particularly appreciates is the new website Don has initiated to bring together several museum collections across Europe in one single database. Available at www.pipeportal.eu. Europa Nostra, is the federation of heritage associations in all European countries. So this news is really spreading from Iceland to Cyprus!

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A week with moulds

6 May 2020

A week with moulds

Anyone who has been following our news items for some time may know that once in a while a message with this title comes along. It means that we will be working on cleaning the collection of brass or iron pipe moulds for another week. Not the most exciting job, although it also has something of an unexpected holiday because it is different from all the other tasks. Many of the pipe moulds, of which we have more than 1,000, have not been used for a hundred years or more and have even rarely been taken out of their storage. This means a lot of dust, corrosion and deposits, in other cases still leftover clay or petrol from production. Before the moulds can be photographed, it is necessary to clean them. This time we managed to refurbish 80 new copies and pass under by the camera. In this way, a nice piece of new information comes on the web, while at the same time a piece of overdue work has been done. Once or twice more ‘a week with Moulds’ and the entire collection is online!

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Don Duco nominated for European Award

1 May 2020

Don Duco nominated for European Award

The curator of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, Don Duco, is one of the nominees from all over Europe for the European Heritage Prize, awarded annually by Europa Nostra. Associations and foundations from all EU countries were able to nominate exceptional initiatives and individuals with a great track record for this award. From this, an international jury selects the winners, in various categories: successful restorations of monuments, exemplary educational projects on heritage and people with personal merit. Don Duco is one of them. Now we wait to see what the outcome will be.

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Museum of Bags and Purses closed

27 April 2020

Museum of Bags and Purses closed

The first museum to fall victim to the Corona crisis is the popular Museum of Bags and Purses on the Herengracht in Amsterdam. Today it was announced that this special theme museum will close for good. We cherish pleasant memories of this museum, where objects from our collection were on loan numerous times. It is sad that such a special initiative ends up failing because of something so banal as money, not because of a lack of interest! The Dutch Museum Association gave a warning that more museums will have to close down this year.

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Lead models

22 April 2020

Lead models

A remarkable sub-collection within the large group of tools in our museum is the series of lead models. These are casts in lead of the pipe moulds made by the firm P. Goedewaagen & Son in Gouda. These massive lead pipes were used by the mould maker to bring back the moulds to good condition when worn. Interesting about the lead models is that a shape number is stamped on. In some cases, the original press mould has not been preserved, but only the model. This then provides information about a specific pipe shape including the shape number. Some of these lead models have been on our online database for many years, but a large group was still undocumented. That happened this week and yielded many new insights. Meanwhile, the photos of this important collection have also been taken, they will be visible in the online database in a week or two. This is another job done from the many museum work that goes unnoticed behind the scenes.

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Museum week

20 April 2020

Museum week

The National Museum Week is being held this year in a special way because of the Corona flue only virtual. To this end, the Museum Association has built a fantastic web page with - due to the theme of 75 years of Freedom since WW2 - a digital reconstruction of Dam Square, 3-dimensional and moving. Photos of a masterpiece of every museum in the Netherlands are projected on the Monument. We are in the middle with an American peace pipe, the symbol of peace for everyone from childhood. Click on this link for the photo and the story: https://www.nationalemuseumweek.nl/pronkstukken/vredespijp/. The presentation on Dam Square can be seen at: https: https://goudenpronkstuk.nationalemuseumweek.nl/

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Collectors fair in Utrecht

17 April 2020

Collectors fair in Utrecht

For years we have been visiting the famous annual collectors' market in Utrecht. Formerly as an exhibitor, nowadays to maintain contacts with the trade and other collectors. This would also be the case today, were it not for the corona that spoils everything. The fair has been cancelled of course. For the first time in years, this means no trouvailles from this huge market. Usually they are not shocking things that you find, but also ordinary objects without art value can be worthwhile for history. Often those simple or mundane things from one, two or three generations back are now incredibly rare. And it is precisely at this fair that objects that you do not expect at all appear. Too bad this opportunity for a fine treasure hunt now passes.

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Newly installed Africa storage

9 April 2020

Newly installed Africa storage

The work behind the scenes of our museum, which is closed to the public, is getting more and more visible results. At the beginning of the Corona closure, there was too much overdue emails, small work that is necessary but hardly visible. For some time now we have been working on rearranging, packing and furnishing a depot especially for the Africa collection. As mentioned earlier, this group was significantly supplemented last year with an impressive collection of Congo pipes, which is why rearrangement was now topical. The pipes are now well packed in boxes per country or per people, all within a dedicated cupboard. As a result, space has become available in other places for the wider storage of other items. It is quite a job to rearrange like this, but in the end the result is a clear collection. That is exactly the intention.

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Translation lists for the database

2 April 2020

Translation lists for the database

Without visitors during the afternoon hours, there is more time for work behind the scenes. One of those invisible tasks is working on the new database and the new website. We aim to launch an English site in addition to the Dutch website within a few months. Before that, there is still an incredible amount to be translated. In recent weeks we have been examining the thesauri, lists of terms that appear in the database and have now been translated into English, German and French. A huge task to translate the endless lists of keywords such as materials, techniques, colours. In particular, the technical terms often form a stumbling block, which we will find out with some study. When the new site is launched, the translations will automatically appear in the object descriptions, but they will also act as a keyword in the search form. We are already looking forward to the result, although it will be tough task for the time being.

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Corona to be continued

30 March 2020

Corona to be continued

Although it was decided on 11 March to close the museums for a short period until the end of March, things turned out differently. For the time being, the Dutch museums will remain closed with the option to reopen on 1 June next. In the meantime we have made internal plans to renovate the exhibition space so that the period of closure is in any case used in our advantage. When we reopen in June, the museum will have had a facelift if all goes well.

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The last Dutch pipe factory

25 March 2020

The last Dutch pipe factory

The renowned factory of Big-Ben pipes, also known by its own name Gubbels, is located in Herten in the vicinity of Roermond. As everyone knows, sales are not going well and so is the production of pipes. Due to the anti-smoke, there are fewer smoking moments, in many places smoking is no longer allowed at all. Inevitably, it is time for Big-Ben to move to a smaller location. Today we visited the factory to see if there was any historical material suitable for our museum. We had an open and honest conversation about the past and the future, with the previous generation also taking a seat. Then a tour around the company, which really is a model of orderliness and efficiency. After returning home a head full of impressions, also a few boxes with old and new pipes and other material for our collection.

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23 March 2020

With the museum and the museum shop closed, we focus on another sales channel: the MuseumDepotShop. This website offers objects that museums want to get rid of or in the official wording: deaccessioning. Our collection originated from archaeology. Founder Don Duco not only collected pipes, but also archaeological finds of all kinds. We now know that they do not fit into the pipe collection and now it is time to clean them up. The webshop offers a wide range of finds, from pots and vases to glass beads, leather shoe soles, tin toys and much more. Interested? Visit www.museumdepotshop.nl and sign up for the newsletter. The proceeds from this activity will go to our acquisition fund.

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Documentation about pipes

21 March 2020

Documentation about pipes

A important task outside the public eye is keeping the documentation on the theme of pipes and tobacco. Throughout the year, each newspaper clipping, leaflet, magazine article or other printed matter is placed separately, with source and date. Once in a while, that stack must be ordered by theme and added to folders with the same topic. Really a job that you can postpone for a long time, because there is no time pressure. Now is the time to do during the Corona closure. With the museum closed, you can spread out and organize everything in peace. By doing so seven full working days of sorting passed, with great satisfaction as a result. The impressive cupboard wall with red storage boxes in the study has been updated to this day. If you have something special for our pipe and tobacco archive while reading this, we are happy to recommend you hand it in!

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Temporary closure of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum

13 March 2020

Temporary closure of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum

Today, due to the risk of infection by the Corona virus, the government has closed all public institutions. The Dutch Museum Association has called on its members to follow this measure and to close the museum to the public. An unprecedented and never seen measure! Although the rule initially applies to places with more than 100 visitors, to which we do not belong, given our floor space, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum will also close its doors for the next three weeks, including the store. New messages will be announced.

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Valued bequest of a smoker

4 March 2020

Valued bequest of a smoker

Former politician and minister for Education Professor Jos van Kemenade died recently. He was well known to us as a dedicated pipe smoker and visited our store several times. Van Kemenade had a preference for striking pipes, preferably Danish designs. His son brought us a suitcase with his favourite smoking implements with his father’s wish to be given to our museum. We are allowed to make a representative selection of his purchases of brands or designs that are a good addition to our collection. The Vikings from the studio of Poul Winslow, tough freehands with their own style, were preferred by Van Kemenade. We also found attractive shapes by Ser Jacopo, Sir Nobile, Caminetto, Vauen and other brands. Curious is the pipe from 1989 that Van Kemenade was awarded as pipe smoker of the year. All in all, Jos van Kemenade's pipes provide a very nice time-bound and above all personal glimpse into the sense for fashion of a dedicated pipe smoker from around 2000.

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Remarkably quiet month of visitors

28 February 2020

Remarkably quiet month of visitors

January is known to drop in visitor numbers, but it usually recovers slowly in the following winter months. If not this year. It is truly remarkable how few tourists have visited our museum this month. This makes it all the more striking that we are attracting relatively many Dutch visitors this year. Would the Amsterdam Pipe Museum still become known to the Dutch public? Due to the extreme high percentage of foreign visitors, we got the idea that our collection was only appreciated by people from afar. Be that as it may, everyone is welcome. So come in and have a look, museum card is valid, so nothing to prevent you? And, until March 15, the most special acquisitions from 2019 can still be admired.

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End of the smoke pole in sight

12 February 2020

End of the smoke pole in sight

The National Railways have had smoke poles for years now on every platform, around which smoking is still allowed. This should end by the end of this year, in line with the general trend to combat tobacco consumption. The disappearance of the smoking pole heralds the end of an era in which cigarette smoking was tolerated. Nowadays smoking is surrounded with so many restrictions that it takes away your appetite. And rightly so, addiction is not a pleasure. We hope that the anti-smoke will make its mark so that in future we can take an unprejudiced look at the non-inhaling and enjoying pipe smoking. That should enhance the new bloom for our museum. Not the eternal association with only the bad aspects.

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The first acquisition in 2020

4 February 2020

The first acquisition in 2020

Later than usual, the first acquisition of this year came in today. It concerns the porcelain pipe bowl shown here. A so-called stummel, a common type but with a curious painting. In multi coloured hand-painting, two hands shake each other. Behind it is a flower bouquet with a German text along the rim of the bowl, something like "Roses are blossoming, and forget-me-not" and "flowers wither but real friendship does not". It is a typical farmers pipe from the nineteenth century, as a common gift at the time. They underline friendship and love. It is a genre that we are glad to add an extra copy to our collection, because these objects have become quite rare nowadays. Special here is the perfect condition of the object together with a pedigree that goes back over forty years.

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First photo week of the year

2 February 2020

First photo week of the year

Photography is a job for the Winter in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum: the days are shorter, the evenings are longer and suitable for retreating to the photo studio. That's how it goes every year. This time it is late, early February that we can start, in December and January other tasks demanded our attention. Such photography is very satisfying, especially now that a considerable series of acquisitions is in store. At first there is the beautiful group of ethnographic pipes from black Africa. Challenging to tackle, but also difficult. The pipes in dark wood tones are difficult to visualize. Please check our online collection database for the first results!

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Article about two luxurious pipe bowls

30 January 2020

Article about two luxurious pipe bowls

This month, the first article by Don Duco in this year is published on our website. Two wooden pipe bowls of a special shape are discussed, both with luxury silver mounting. These are pipes made of burl wood, in the style of the German city of Ulm. One of the pipe bowls shows silver figures in Turkoman style on the lid. In this article, the curator discusses the origin of this specific pipe shape and the method of manufacture. And not to forget the special type of wood, of which the original Dutch name was lost for many years. It is sought and sawed especially for these German pipes. Read the article and experience how the author comes to new conclusions through careful looking and comparing. Again it becomes clear that there is much more to say about each type of pipe than it often seems. In this way, our collection constantly offers new perspectives.

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Expo acquisitions 2019

20 January 2020

Expo acquisitions 2019

Traditionally, we annually show a selection of acquisitions from the past year. 2019 was particularly successful again with 360 purchases. The largest group is a collection of Congo pipes, of which we now show three fantastic examples with standing negro figures in the pipe stem. North America is represented with two beautiful Indian pipes of red pipestone, a sacred stone for the Indians. In addition two rare Inuit pipes, a wooden one and a pipe carved from walrus tusk. Of European origin are some very refined hand-sculpted ceramic pipes with lifelike portraits. Also chosen to display are some European snuff boxes with carving in coquilla nut or wood. Finally, of exceptional charm, a wooden figural pipe with a lion and a griffin brotherly side by side, from the Paris antique trade. Come and admire the choice of the acquisitions themselves, they will be displayed in the exhibition showcase in the museum until 15 March.

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Christmas wish

24 December 2019

Christmas wish

From the Prinsengracht, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum wishes everyone a peaceful and merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020. The enclosed digital Christmas card shows one of our exceptional purchases from the past few months: an (almost) complete excavated pipe from the seventeenth century with a double Janus head. In camouflage colour between the Christmas branches, it is hardly noticeable that this is an absolute masterpiece of extreme rarity!
Until October of the new year we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of our special collection with all kinds of activities. Be welcome to visit our unique museum with well-equipped museum shop in the New Year!

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Christmas in the museum

18 December 2019

Christmas in the museum

As of today, the entire museum floor of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum has been transformed into a Christmas setting. The tree is in full glory, decorated with many balls and streamers and of course dozens of lights. Underneath a beautiful Italian nativity scene, awaiting the Jesus child. At the back, the three kings are already trudging through the sand to reach the stable. The festive decoration is unique in our museum and is highly appreciated by volunteers as well as visitors. You are very welcome to have a look and sniff some pine air. We wish everyone happy holidays.

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Modern Art by exception

11 December 2019

Modern Art by exception

From December 20, artist Doreen Wittenbols will exhibit her work in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. A first and unique opportunity for a living artist! As you can see she has a thing for pipe smoking. Her father-in-law's tobacco pipes prompted her to ask whether pipe smoking could also be for women. In our museum she saw the famous portrait of pipe smoking lady by the French portraitist Mme. Vigee-Le Brun from 1820. It inspired her to take self-portraits and photos of other women with a pipe, some supplemented with paint to suggest aging or rejuvenation. It seems to be a kind of analogue photo shopping or virtual botoxing. A real art project, the result of which can be seen with us for some time until 20 January 2020. After the exhibition, the work will be taken to her home town of Santa Fe in the United States. Doreen also exhibits simultaneously in Arti et Amicitia at the Rokin in Amsterdam, presenting the same subject.

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Exhibition head-hunter pipes

16 November 2019

Exhibition head-hunter pipes

From our rich reserves, this time we have chosen a small group of pipes for a mini-exhibition, pipes of extreme rarity. They are made and smoked by the Naga, a mountain people living in the far east of India. They are quite an aggressive people, even head-hunters. The brave warriors receive a pipe with a row of puppets on the stem, in the number of the victims beheaded by them. Another characteristic is that the pipes of this people show a stylized portrait as a pipe bowl, all carved in wood. After 1900, the British authorities in India try to ban headhunting. Eventually, the habit turns to beheading local monkeys called gibbons. It is therefore not surprising that some dolls look more like monkeys than people. Until 18 January 2020, the pipes will decorate the exhibition showcase in the middle of our museum. At the same time, curator Don Duco wrote an article about these remarkable pipes, which can be read in the publication list on our website.

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Museum Night now open!

2 November 2019

Museum Night now open!

On the canal, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is clearly marked with bright purple lamps on the facade, so visitors know where they are welcome. Until 2 o'clock tonight we are open to all those who have been able to get a passe-partout.
Equipped with flashlights, visitors go on a discovery tour through our museum during Amsterdam #Museumnacht. A real scavenger hunt has been set out with the assignment to find the real pipes with the pictures. On the handout you can read what that exactly is. This way you get to know the oldest, longest or most exclusive pipes in the world. Photographer Joep made beautiful photos on behalf of Museumnacht - thank you for that. They will remain in our archive for generations to come.

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Preview MuseumNight

24 October 2019

Preview MuseumNight

The theme of Museum Night Amsterdam 2019 is 'treasure hunting'. On November 2 it will be exciting in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, perhaps a little creepy. For this evening we turn off the light and you can search and observe with your personal flashlight. This is how the details in the collection stand out best. You can look for the most bizarre pipes in strange shapes from all over the world. One display case will be very special: it contains only skulls - a popular motif in pipe design during the nineteenth century. Ticket sales start today, be quick because the N8 usually sells out quickly.

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Amsterdam City Walk

19 October 2019

Amsterdam City Walk

Today the Amsterdam City Walk takes place again, an annual event where our museum is included in the route. Fortunately with a nice sun, but not for those who left first, because the first passers-by were walking around 9 am under a grey sky. Our canal house is a resting point for those who want to take a break and at the same time enjoy culture. We also serve tea or coffee for walkers. Although most runners keep pace, the sign is always a calling card for the 9,500 participants! Those hasty walkers may stop another time to pay a visit. Brand awareness is important after all.

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She/He or gender differences

7 October 2019

She/He or gender differences

During October, History Month, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum will put special pipes in the window on the theme She/He or gender differences. In pipe smoking there is a difference between what men and what women use. Especially in other parts of the world. For example, women in the Eastern Cape of South Africa smoke pipes of acacia wood decorated with colourful beads at ritual gatherings. The magic power is transferred through the pipe. In Cameroon, only men are allowed to smoke from pipes decorated with human masks and animal figures. Women smoke the same amount, but then from pipes with geometric decorations, more subtle in decor but so beautiful. Things are different again in Japan, where geishas smoke very elegant pipes with a minute bowl: a single puff and the tobacco is gone. All these pipes can be seen the full month of October at the Prinsengracht.

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Diary excerpts from Don Duco

2 October 2019

 	 Diary excerpts from Don Duco

While fifty years of active collecting can turn into a rich collection, it is also a period in which you experience adventures as a collector. Every find is an event on itself. Digging for clay pipe fragments, but also going to an antique market or auctions that offer the chance of a trouvaille. Later you discover on long journeys how trilled you are to be able to buy an ethnographic smoking instrument, still warm from the user. All experiences, often at unexpected locations and with special people. Don Duco writes in a series of posts on Facebook and the website of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum diary fragments with memories from the past fifty years. This gives the museum collector a human face. Follow the episodes in this true "soap" for the next 50 weeks. Note the title Diary fragment in Facebook or go on our website to the museum section where this series will eventually be listed in full.

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Pipe Museum’s fiftieth anniversary

1 October 2019

Pipe Museum’s fiftieth anniversary

The discovery of a large number of clay pipes on 1 October 1969 was the formal start of our museum. This find on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam is today exactly half a century ago. How appropriate that the museum is now located within walking distance on the Prinsengracht. A lot has changed in those fifty years. The modest private collection became a registered museum with a versatile collection of smoking utensils in which almost all cultures of the world are represented. In short, the museum offers the worldwide culture of smoking. In the coming year we celebrate this milestone with a series of special events that expose our work.

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An early birthday present

17 September 2019

An early birthday present

For those who have been in the pipe business for a long time, the name Piet Tengnagel is known. In the seventies and eighties he actively collected pipes. Soil finds as well as complete pipes, and additionally a beautiful library. In the 1990s he said goodbye to his hobby and sold his collection in parts. Today he unexpectedly honoured us with a visit. Very thoughtfully he brought a gift for our upcoming anniversary. A beautiful freehand pipe by Larsen, still in the original packaging and complete with the bill of the time and some documentation. Piet, nice to see you after so long and thank you again!

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Cigarettes still in the packaging

16 September 2019

Cigarettes still in the packaging

The driving force behind the Stichting Rokersbelangen (Foundation pro-Smokers), Ton Wurtz, who fought for the rights of smokers for years, recently decided to donate his collection of cigarette packs to our museum, an exceptionally sympathetic gesture. The more than 150 still closed and sealed cigarette packs that Wurtz collected in course of two decades provide a wonderful overview of designs over these years. Different times and different countries are represented in the collection, including China and Russia. They are good proof of the care that was given to the packaging before the so-called dirty pictures finally messed up the design. These packages complement our documentation of tobacco packaging nicely with material from more recent times.

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Goedewaagen unsurpassed

15 September 2019

Goedewaagen unsurpassed

This year exactly twenty years ago, the monograph Koninklijke Goedewaagen, a versatile ceramic company by Don Duco, was published. Twenty years later, this well illustrated book is still the standard work on the history of this important factory for pipes and later ceramics. The edition is now only available as antiquarian copy or - one of the very last copies - new in our museum shop.

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Historical evidence

12 September 2019

Historical evidence

As a member of the cultural network, Benedict Goes was invited to attend the recordings of the TV program ‘Historisch Bewijs’ (Historical Evidence) in the auditorium of the Rijksmuseum. It examines in various ways whether historical objects from museums are as real as is always claimed. Critical researchers, for example, are looking at the famous Hugo de Groot bookcase, of which there are three. Which is the real one? And the phalanges of the De Wit brothers, the silver of Piet Hein's treasure fleet. Is it all real? During this recording, the outcome will be announced, but since the broadcasts are early next year, we should not reveal anything yet! As a matter of fact, an inspiring working method to look at our own museum objects in the same way.

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Duméril à Saint-Omer

26 August 2019

Duméril à Saint-Omer

The luxury French town of Saint-Omer is not exactly on the route anywhere. That is why we drove separately for an appointment today with director Romain Saffré to see the unique collection of Duméril & Leurs pipes again. The pipe collection had been rearranged since our previous visit. The small pipe room of yesteryear was replaced by a real exhibition hall with beautiful sleek display cases. The pipes themselves are still a wonder to see. In forty years, this French factory has been able to perform the utmost in terms of design and execution. While most French pipe factories stuck to realism, Duméril created a fairy-tale atmosphere between romantic and bizarre in their designs. After visiting the presentation, we were allowed to open the drawers in the depot to view the reserves. Truly a unique ensemble and a very special department for a museum focused on ceramics.

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Press molds from Ritzen

4 July 2019

Press molds from Ritzen

Curator Don Duco recently wrote an article about a pipe factory in Belgian Limburg. Last year, our museum bought a series of ten press molds from this company that, when studied, fit seamlessly with the history of the Ritzen company. This is a small, until now hardly known pipe maker’s workshop, founded in 1810 in Maaseik, a small town along the river Meuse in Belgium. Research into this material made it possible to write a missing piece of history and establish the Gouda influence in this company. Read the illustrated article on our website and be amazed at what a bunch of rusty pipe moulds can yield such interesting information.

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Exhibition of acquisitions

17 June 2019

Exhibition of acquisitions

From 17 June to 24 August, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum will show a selection of acquisitions from the past year. 2018 was a very successful year. Firstly there was an important legacy of mainly metal pipes from the late Felix van Tienhoven an his wife. Further the museum bought important objects in various collection areas, in a great variety: rare pipes from the American Indians and Eskimos, the finest meerschaum pipes, to mention some. With this exhibition, the museum shows that it is still actively collecting to complete the global story of pipe smoking.

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Evenings for pipe smokers still popular

29 May 2019

Evenings for pipe smokers still popular

Tonight, under the inspiring leadership of Benedict Goes, another smoking evening took place. Seated around the table in our central room was a nice group of aspiring pipe smokers and a few who had years of experience. For everyone, pipe smoking becomes so much more enjoyable if you have mastered the theory of filling your pipe and burning the tobacco. Whoever is interested to attend an evening can still send an email to info@pipemuseum.nl.

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New award from Tripadvisor

27 May 2019

New award from Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor has awarded our museum a Certificate for Excellence for several years. This means that our visitors rate the museum with the highest ranking in terms of service, experience and customer friendliness. Now that we have earned this award for five consecutive years, we now got a new qualification: Hall of Fame. We proudly carry this title and continue to offer our guests an unexpectedly rich experience with the world-wide collection in a beautiful canal house.

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Ethnographical stuff

19 May 2019

Ethnographical stuff

The specialist collector of ethnographic art Gi Mateusen has been living in Turnhout, Belgium for many years. From his broad interest in African cultures, he brought together a fantastic ensemble of figured objects, such as fertility figurines, gold weights and especially combs. To make space, Mateusen decided to sell his pipes and tobacco-related objects. The purchase and transfer to our museum took place today. As a Belgian collector, he mainly owned items from the Congo. For our museum this purchase of about a hundred items is an important addition to the smoking equipment that we already have from African countries. The attached photo gives an impression of the unexpected variation in the richness of this collection.

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Concluding Winter photography

6 May 2019

Concluding Winter photography

Yesterday, after a few months, we dismantled the temporary photo studio. For us  this is the starting signal for the tourist season. The photo sessions have again been very successful. We end up with just over 165,000 unique photos in our database! A fantastic result for a Winter period of hard work. This means that the acquisitions of the past year have been updated. We are now back for tourists who like to be scattered with stories about the global smoking culture. Let them come!

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Launch of MuseumDepotShop

9 April 2019

Launch of MuseumDepotShop

The Singer Museum Laren formed the appropriate backdrop for the launch of the website www.MuseumDepotShop.nl. We were present, as one of the first museums that offered objects for this online shop that aims to sell orphaned items from museum reserves. This tackles a problem that the museums cannot solve themselves: the overflowing depots with items that do not really belong there. Television host Frits Sissing was introduced as an ambassador for this new web shop.

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Museum week

8 April 2019

Museum week

As a successor to the museum weekend, Dutch museums are now in the picture for a whole Museum Week from 8 to 14 April. The theme for the promotion of the museums is "discover our real gold". For that occasion the Amsterdam Pipe Museum shows real gold by means of three Japanese kiserus, recently bought in Tokyo. All these three pipes have a pipe bowl in gold or a massive gold mouthpiece. Items not only made as a status, but also because gold is compared to other metals, for smoking devices important being completely tasteless. Unfortunately, after the museum week these exquisite pipes disappeared again in the reserves, but many lucky visitors had the opportunity to see these during the Museum Week.

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Folk art in auction

3 April 2019

Folk art in auction

Today Auction House De Zwaan in Amsterdam sold a series of tabacological items from the estate of the collector and trader Loed van Bussel, who died last year. As a trader, he did ethnography, but for his personal collection the focus was on tobacco-related objects in carved wood. Some thirty lots with various snuff boxes, some snuff graters and pipe cases were put up for auction. The interest turned out to be overwhelming, especially by foreign telephone bidders. In spite of that, we bought ten objects for our collection, including the finest snuff bottle with three stream gods carved in fine boxwood. Here is another triumph depicted: an early snuff box in the shape of a reclining lion, carved from palm wood. With its age of almost three centuries a beautifully preserved object.

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Spring along the canal

29 March 2019

Spring along the canal

Spring appears to have begun with the arrival of two large boxwood plants. These beautiful plant pots give the museum's facade more cachet. The most important function, however, is to prevent cars from parking on the sidewalk, mostly parcel deliverers or customers from the coffee shops in the area. Hence the oversized format. In this way our visitors can reach the museum freely.

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Jubilee Van der Want pipe factories

17 March 2019

Jubilee Van der Want pipe factories

On 17 March 1749, exactly 270 years ago today, Pieter van der Want Dirksz did his master proof for the Gouda pipe makers' guild. He is founder of the pipe factory that is now known as Zenith Van der Want. For centuries the factory produced press moulded clay tobacco pipes. Since 1920, the company has been known for its slip cast tobacco pipes, nowadays with a hollow-walled system for optimal dry and comfortable smoking. In Amsterdam Pipe Shop we have the exclusive right to sell these ceramic pipes that are appreciated worldwide for their dry smoking qualities.

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Lecture Digital Heritage Netherlands

5 March 2019

Lecture Digital Heritage Netherlands

On March 5, Benedict Goes gave a lecture at the Conference of Digital Heritage Netherlands (DEN) in Rotterdam, where he presented the pipeportal in the making. Our digital collaboration of multiple tobacco-related collections, even on a European scale, aroused admiration from the specialist audience. Participants of this conference were directors and other staff of museums and archives responsible for the online visibility of heritage collections. For those who are not familiar with this relatively new site made by our museum, visit www.pipeportal.eu.

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Japanse antique fair

9 February 2019

Japanse antique fair

Today on the program a visit to an antique fair in Tokyo. There are hardly any antique shops in Tokyo, but every now and then there are fairs where traders from the wider area display their antiques. In the fifth storey of a boring tower building it appears that the complete floor has been rented and furnished with stalls. On arriving there was already a line of interested people waiting on the opening. It is fascinating to see how different the selection is than in Europe: a lot of ceramics and porcelain, but then typical in the local taste and furthermore crafts. In the area of the Japanese pipe, the kiseru, there is everything for sale, also for the advanced collector that we are. We left the place with some fine purchases but learned a lot as well.

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Tobacco & Salt Museum

5 February 2019

Tobacco & Salt Museum

Today Benedict Goes en Don Duco made a visit to the famous Tobacco & Salt Museum in Tokyo. This museum in Japan is one of the largest museums on this theme in the world, so a visit was on our bucket list for a long time. Since 2015 the museum has got a brand new premises just next to the research institute of the tobacco firm that pays for the museum. We talked with senior curator Reiko Sakaki about cooperation in digitizing the collections. Afterwards we made a tour through the spacious museum exhibition. A wonderful and learning experience.

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First acquisition 2019

30 January 2019

First acquisition 2019

The first object added to our museum collection this year is a special one. It is a Scottish snuff mull made out of a ram's horn. Especially in the nineteenth century such boxes were a status for every Scotsman who sniffed tobacco and there were many. Remarkable about this specimen is the cut cairngorm, a semi-precious stone found in the eponymous Scottish mountains. Furthermore, the garnish of a scoop, brush and rake is unusual, although due to the short chains it doesn’t seem practical in use. The head of a seal, cut out of the usual curl of the ram's horn, makes this snuff box one of a kind. The box was a travel souvenir from Scotland and was kept for generations in an Amsterdam family.

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New record in our online database

15 January 2019

New record in our online database

The winter period is quiet in terms of visitors. That is why we are now working on our online database at www.pipemusem.nl, in the meantime renowned and used all over the world. This week we reached a new record: we exceeded the 160,000 unique object photos. Because more and more tacit knowledge is added about the objects and their use, the importance of this database as source of information is still increasing. For many, this bundled knowledge has become the benchmark for the determination of the pipe and that is a compliment to years of dedicated work. However, the job is not yet finished, in our reserves there are still objects waiting to be photographed! For now, we continue the good work.

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Citycard renewed

5 January 2019

Citycard renewed

The famous Amsterdam Citycard has changed its design this year. The number of hours that the card is valid is added, together with an attractive skyline of Amsterdam along the bottom. In our museum the Citycard is often used for free access. No less than forty percent of the visitors carry this card with them. We hope to see a lot of these cards again this year!

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Our Christmas wish

24 December 2018

Our Christmas wish

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum wishes everyone a peaceful and special Christmas and a healthy and happy 2019. Also in the New Year we hope that you will visit our unique museum and our well-equipped museum shop again!

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New on the web

21 December 2018

New on the web

The special collection of pipe moulds from the company Knoedgen from Brée, which our museum bought at the end of August via pipe factory Big Ben, have meanwhile been cleaned, registered and photographed. From now on they can be seen in the online database of our museum. A first study of this material gave a lot of new information about the factory history of Jean-Jacques Knoedgen. For example, it appears that quite a few moulds were originally made in Germany. Quite unexpectedly, tools from Gouda have also been found, for example from Prince, who sold production moulds to Belgium in 1897. However, there is still a lot of puzzling and studying to do before the history of these special set of tools is well mapped and a solid article can appear.

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Johan de la Court award

12 December 2018

Johan de la Court award

Thirty years ago, Don Duco received from the chairman of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) the Johan de la Court prize for his scientific research into the history of the clay tobacco pipe. This prize is awarded to people who have distinguished themselves with ground-breaking research on their own initiative. The prize, which in addition to a fine medal consisted of a large amount of money, was intended as an encouragement to continue with studies and publications. After 1988, countless articles and various books by Duco followed. This price certainly had a stimulating effect!

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A lecture on clay pipes at Vrijburg Conference

7 December 2018

A lecture on clay pipes at Vrijburg Conference

On behalf of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, Benedict Goes was asked to speak at the so-called Vrijburgh Conference, an annual symposium on Dutch heritage in Brazil. He spoke about the clay pipes that ships of the West India Company carried and are still found by archaeologists along the coasts of Brazil. Since the theme of the day was craftsmanship, the lectures covered apart from the clay pipe also other forms of industry that were imported from the Netherlands such as wall tiles and tools for shipbuilding were discussed. Unexpected was the lecture on cartographer Cornelis Goliath, who traveled from Zeeland to Brazil around 1640 to chart the coast.

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Again, Tripadvisor reward

18 November 2018

Again, Tripadvisor reward

Our visitors continue to rate the Amsterdam Pipe Museum very positively. This is reflected in the high ranking in Tripadvisor, but also in the Tripadvisor Award that we have received for the fifth years in a row. It turns out that visitors really notice it, it is a decisive factor in the choice to visit us. We will continue to amaze our guests with our exceptional collection and personal tours.

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Acquisition in meerschaum

16 November 2018

Acquisition in meerschaum

Throughout the year are fixed moments that generate acquisitions. The annual Verzamelaarsjaarbeurs (collectors' fair) in Utrecht is such an event where something remarkable can always be found. This year we purchased a large meerschaum pipe bowl with a lion cut in high relief between the bowl and the stem. It seems that in this animal the Belgian lion is depicted and maybe this pipe was even made in Belgium. Meerschaum pipes still give a lot to discover, so that a somewhat broader study collection is desirable. This pipe bowl will therefore soon be shown on our online collection database under APM 23.901.

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Pipeportal III

15 November 2018

Pipeportal III

The concept of our Pipe Portal is nearing completion. A new feature has now been added: articles on the web. In this section museums can present their illustrated publications in their entirety. This fulfils a long-cherished wish for our museum that was never realized within the old website, a multilingual version of publications. The first fifty articles have been put on the website in recent weeks. See www.pipeportal.eu for the result.

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Scabious Museum Night

5 November 2018

Scabious Museum Night

In the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, Museum Night Amsterdam had a somewhat erotic touch on 3 November 2018. Several examples of frivolous and scabrous depictions on smoking pipes are in our museum, some a little hidden. During the Museum Night, these special objects are extra highlighted. As a special attraction, a central showcase offered a peep show on two special pipes that were recently acquired. These are impressive tobacco pipes from the African Balumbo tribe from Gabon. Both pipes have a length of at least half a meter and show as decoration a more than life-size, wood-carved vulva. At the time such remarkable pipes were smoked as fertility symbols.

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Looking at Art

1 November 2018

Looking at Art

With Benedict Goes in the lead, the charming blogger Sandra Singh made a fascinating YouTube film about the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. In this way she literally brings the museum into the living room of a large group of people for whom a museum visit is not a habit. This mini-docu of 25 minutes has become a serious film with a beautiful overview of our varied collection. Follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad_CbsJakf0&t=1s or visit https://kunstkieken.nl/100-leukste-musea-van-nederland/ (bottom of the page: museums of Amsterdam)

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Amsterdam City Walk

20 October 2018

Amsterdam City Walk

Meanwhile, the Amsterdam City Walk is an annual event, where our museum is included in the route. Our canal house is a haven for those who want to have a little rest and simultaneously want to sniff a bit of culture. We also provide a cup of tea or coffee for the walkers. Although most runners keep the pass, the sign is still a calling card for the 14,000 participants! Also look on https://www.amsterdamcitywalk.nl/breng-een-flitsbezoek-aan-een-museum/

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Around siderolith

13 October 2018

Around siderolith

The above title represents an extensive article recently completed by Don Duco. It describes the history of a particular type of ceramic that was especially popular in Germany,  used for making pipes among other things. Eugenius Leyhn appears to be the driving force behind this product, but the town of Ruhla has played an important role in its continuation/final production?. In the early nineteenth century, product development led to the improvement of the ceramic shard, with the end result being the production of a new kind of stoneware and even parian ware. Read the article and experience for yourself how much history is hidden behind certain products.

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First presentation Pipeportal

9 October 2018

First presentation Pipeportal

During the annual conference of the International Pipe Academy, held this year in Gouda, Benedict Goes gave a lecture on the new portal of the global pipe and tobacco museums. This was the first public presentation of this new initiative of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Some of the international participants tried the portal directly on their smartphone and were full of admiration about this special initiative. Look at: www.pipeportal.eu.

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Dutch Culture

8 October 2018

Dutch Culture

Specialized researchers always find us again. Today we had four American experts as guests, together with colleagues from the Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed. Professionals from museums, archives and monument conservation in the state of New York were in the Netherlands to study how they can present Dutch culture in foreign countries. Since the founding of New Amsterdam, present-day New York, in 1609 the Dutch influence can no longer be ignored. The Gouda clay pipe, once an important export product, is one of the aspects that it has looked at with interest in our museum.

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Museum card more expensive

1 October 2018

Museum card more expensive

The National Museum Card, which more than one million Dutch citizens use, becomes slightly more expensive. The number of tickets sold grew by 35 percent to 1.3 million in 4 years! The number of museum visits also increased: in 2017 there were 31 million visits. That is why the Museum Card also had to become more expensive although this is only 8 percent. If you do not have a Museum card yet, come to our museum and buy one for the price of Euro 64.90. Kids and youth cards now cost Euro 32.45 each. And as the accompanying photo shows, all cards now have a portrait photo!

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Tomahawks

29 September 2018

Tomahawks

During the Maand van de Geschiedenis (Month of History) the Amsterdam Pipe Museum pays special attention to the tomahawk. This iconic war pipe of the North American Indians looks dangerous, with an impressive ax under the pipe bowl. Our guides tell the complete story in their tour, because the tomahawk is not only a weapon but also an object with an important symbolic and ceremonial value. Until October 31st our cabinet for objects on temporary view show some nice examples of these Indian tomahawks from our reserve collections.

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Month of the library

28 September 2018

Month of the library

Unnoticed behind the scenes, extra work is always done that strengthens the basis of our museum as reference and study collection. From the point of view of efficiency, that work often takes place in blocks. This month our literature file has been updated. Numerous new titles have been imported into the system, complete with a photo of the cover for recognisability. With this work we exceeded the magic limit of 10,000 library titles this month, all of which can be found in the library file on the web. With that number our website is the largest online database for professional literature in the field of smoking!

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Designed by Nature

25 September 2018

Designed by Nature

The Dutch Silver Museum (Nederlands Zilver Museum) in Schoonhoven features the exhibition “Designed by Nature”. Silver objects inspired by or copied from nature, or even natural materials mounted in silver as a proof of creativity of the silver smiths. Five objects from our collection are on loan to this exhibition: two turtle tobacco boxes from 1650, a silver mounted chamois horn and deer horn made into a pipe. The most modern object in our collection is the breathtaking tobacco jar by Jurriën Schiff from 1997, in which an ostrich egg is processed, of course with silver edges. The exhibition runs from 4 October ’18 to 10 June 2019.

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Special acquisition

29 August 2018

Special acquisition

Already in 1980, the Royal Pipe Factory Gubbels in Roermond, known for its Big Ben pipes, bought the closing company of Jean-Jacques Knoedgen in the place Brée in Belgium. From that inventory came a group of about 150 press moulds for making clay pipes. Renewed production was never realized. This month the Amsterdam Pipe Museum has bought these metal pipe moulds for out museum collection. A unique opportunity, because it concerns last set of pipe tools in private possession. The cleaning and cataloguing has started although it will take some time before the objects are included in our collection database.

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Exhibition Silver Treasure extended

26 August 2018

Exhibition Silver Treasure extended

The exhibition "The Silver Treasure" in which a series of silver smoking pipes from the bequest of Van Tienhoven-Van Ewijk are shown, is extended for success until the end of the year. The acquisition showcase that has been used for this attracts a lot of attention. Every visitor realizes that a silver pipe is an exceptionally luxurious object. This is underlined by the often artistic design. Only the critical pipe smoker also knows to note that a true smoking experience is not expected from metal, but yes, status is often a matter of comfort.

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Two big jobs

15 August 2018

Two big jobs

This spring and summer seemingly pass unnoticed. Behind the scenes, however, steady work is being done on two projects. The first is the registration of the Van Tienhoven collection. Studiously, more than 500 objects are described in our database on the computer. The second task is as big: the translation of our Dutch web-published articles to be placed on the new website next year. With the help of native speakers we are working on a completely English-language site on which, among other things, the articles of our curator are made accessible.

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Treasure guards in the news

4 August 2018

Treasure guards in the news

First Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad on 14 July, now Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool published an article entitled ”Treasure guards”. A young photographer has made a photo series of volunteers in smaller museums to show their passion for the collection. In a series of specialized collections, a pipe museum should not be missed. This nice listing is a good advertisement in both Rotterdam and surroundings and in Amsterdam. Undoubtedly this publicity generates new visitors.

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Pipeportal

15 July 2018

Pipeportal

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum is taking the initiative to create a international portal to unite all existing museums around pipes and tobacco. Web visitors find in one click where these museum collections are located, complete with address and opening hours. Unique to this initiative is the central database in which objects from all participating museums are collected, so that visitors can get an impression of the collection online. The launch of the new website is expected in the spring of 2019. This project could be started thanks to a generous subsidy from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Mondriaan Fund. To be continued.

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Words Matter

28 June 2018

Words Matter

The Tropical Museum organized a meeting entitled “Words Matter” about the use of contested or sensitive words in museum texts, such as for example slave or Eskimo. For our museum it is especially important to use the correct indications in our online database. That is why Benedict Goes participated in this study day for professionals. Perhaps the sensitivity of our time goes a bit too far, so you hardly know what you can and cannot use. In any case, we will adjust some terms in our presentations in the coming weeks without affecting the search function of the website.

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Nusantara meeting in Ethnographical Museum Leiden

7 June 2018

Nusantara meeting in Ethnographical Museum Leiden

Museum Nusantara in Delft had to close and the collection was “de-accessioned”. For the Municipality of Delft this was a task much more difficult than foreseen. After completing this un-natural museum action the whole process was evaluated during a study day in the Museum of World Cultures in Leiden. Since the Amsterdam Pipe Museum also took over a few dozens of objects of the former Delft museum, we attended. Although there was some criticism, we can be satisfied with some rare pipes and fine betel sets, all with a good provenance. All these objects were collected on the spot before 1900!

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Silver treasure in the Amsterdam newspaper

6 June 2018

Silver treasure in the Amsterdam newspaper

Apparently the editors of the Amsterdam Parool newspaper are anti-tobacco. That is why our museum is often ignored by the Amsterdam press. However, our silver treasure or the Van Tienhoven-Van Ewijk bequest did make it to the Amsterdam press. This special acquisition was discussed in a question and answer section. We hope that it will encourage many Amsterdammers to visit the museum.

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Acquisitions Van Tienhoven-Van Ewijk

4 June 2018

Acquisitions Van Tienhoven-Van Ewijk

A selection of the pipes of the extraordinary legacy the Amsterdam Pipe Museum obtained from the late Felix van Tienhoven and his deceased wife is now presented as a small exhibition entitled “The Siver Treasure”. In his interest for metal pipes Felix acquired rare silver pipes, French ones for example, but even from Tibet and Georgia. The exhibition gives an impression of the diversity of the collection Van Tienhoven. On show till 26th August 2018.

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Unexpected meeting

27 May 2018

Unexpected meeting

Internet brings people together, we got the proof this weekend. The grandson of Henk van der Hoef, the most important Dutch pipe collector before World War II, was looking for more information about his grandfather. He actually found it on our website. Telephone contact was the next step and finally we met each other to exchange information. Since our museum owns a large number of pipes formerly owned by Van der Hoef, his grandson presented us some photo albums of the family, containing pictures of the pipe collection in situ. During the 1930’s the proud collector always carried a small album with pictures of his pipes, as a group and in detail. We appreciate the generous gift of Van der Hoef junior as an interesting documentation on this part of our collection.

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Pipe smoking courses

1 May 2018

Pipe smoking courses

In contrast to the stressful cigarette smoking, pipe smoking is pre-eminently a calming activity. Relaxed enjoying a fragrant pipe tobacco is for many an ideal way to find rest and contemplation. But then it helps if you know how to handle your pipe, tamper and tobacco. Our smoking courses, which have been given for many years now, contribute to this well-being. During an evening-filling program course leader Benedict Goes makes the (aspirant) pipe smoker known with the tricks of the trade. How to enjoy optimally without inhaling? There are new dates on the program, the first one is already on Thursday 10 May. Enlist through our mail box info@pipemuseum.nl

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High ranking on Tripadvisor

25 April 2018

High ranking on Tripadvisor

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum is very popular on Tripadvisor for many years. We have earned the “Certificate of Excellence” year after year. Over the last months we even increased our ranking. Last year the museum was around nr. 62 out of 550 attractions in Amsterdam. Now we are upgraded to nr 23. In the category Museums we perform even better: number 5 of all 150 museums in the Amsterdam area. A top performance for a top museum!

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Thank you!!!

11 April 2018

Thank you!!!

Today we received by post a big carton box with all kinds of pipes. On top was the note shown here, saying “a pity to through away”. The old pipes smoked by grandpa will have little value, they often remain unsold in the internet. But ... for the Amsterdam Pipe Museum definitely worth to look through. And guess what? One of the pipes has a previously unknown mark, while another can be reused for the restoration of a pipe in our collection. And a part is indeed not really worth keeping, they go to the museum shop and are taken for a euro as a souvenir. All in all a excellent idea to offer your old pipes and other tobacco paraphernalia to our museum. Many thanks to the unknown Anke & Willem Janssen on the note. Here is a call to all other Dutch people who still have some oddities! You are welcome at our place.

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Museum Week

9 April 2018

Museum Week

During Museum Week the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is in the picture with a recent acquisition of posh design. It is a mega-sized meerschaum pipe bowl made from a special crystal-like meerschaum, assembled in silver around 1810 for a distinguished Russian officer. The pipe has a massive bowl, equipped with a beautifully forged cover shaped like a military helmet with an impressive comb on top and an embossed trophy of weaponry on both sides. Around the lower edge of the lid the necessary series of air inlets is provided so that the tobacco in this giant bowl can burn evenly. Although the Dutch Museum Association preaches for gold in organizing the Museum Week, gold has rarely been used for smoking pipes. For us this silver-mounted object is the true gold because of the exclusivity. The Museum Week lasts until 15 April.

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Terra incognita

28 March 2018

Terra incognita

The term was first used at the time Benedict Goes wrote his The intriguing design of tobacco pipes. In the 1990’s little was known about pipes of alternative types of lacquered ceramics as developed in Ruhla (Thüringen, Germany) and surrounding places. In the meantime we collected an number of interesting examples to illustrate their diversity. This album presents a small series. Eye-catching are the bright colours in which they are executed, especially red was popular. Quite a few of these pipes were adorned with gilding. Also the addition of a ceramic lid was popular, although most of them got lost because of these fragility. Altogether this material deserves our attention for its specific shaping and colourful finish.

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Moving smoking pipes in metal

21 March 2018

Moving smoking pipes in metal

It took a while but on the first spring day we moved the Van Tienhoven-Van Ewijk collection to Amsterdam, probably the largest collection of metal smoking pipes in the world. For those who are not familiar: Felix and Wijntje van Tienhoven traveled around the world for decades and collected scent bottles as well as smoking pipes. Both passed away in 2016 a few months after each other. The two collections found a dignified accommodation in museums, the first in the ethnographical museum in Leiden, the second in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. We are very grateful to Felix and Wijntje for this legacy. Because the focus of their collection was mainly on metal, the majority of the material is a welcome addition to our current museum collection. A series of unique objects will be on view as a temporary exhibition for a number of months soon. Later a special showcase for the most representative items from this collection will be set up in the hall of our museum.

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Roses on the web

20 February 2018

Roses on the web

The winter period is clearly quieter than the summer. There is significantly less tourism, so more time for other things. As a result, there has been plenty of time for photography to bring our gigantic digitation project to completion. In December, the acquisitions from 2017 were photographed and loaded on the web. In January and February we worked on the final part: excavated pipes. Over two thousand pictures of clay pipes from the seventeenth century with a stamped heel mark have been added to our database. Especially the profound group of rose marks, with or without a crown and with or without initials, are surprising. Although the most important objects have been virtually presented for a long time, the lesser gods are now also available. The critical visitor can thus discover all sorts of new objects, but above all the search result now yields an even larger number of hits.

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Hampshire smoker’s in Amsterdam

17 February 2018

Hampshire smoker’s in Amsterdam

This Saturday, a group of smokers from the village Greywell in England visited our museum. For years these people meet monthly to smoke a pipe. As many smokers groups a number of people with diverse professions and interests, but the relaxed smoking of a pipe they have in common. This weekend Amsterdam was on the program, of course including a visit to our museum. And just as varied as the group is, so varied was their focus. Some were mainly enthusiastic about historical pipes and their story, while others showed special interest in the modern pipes in our museum shop.

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Acquisitions on show

31 January 2018

Acquisitions on show

A selection from the acquisitions of the past year can be seen from 2 February till 6 May in a special cabinet at the entrance of the museum. The year 2017 brought a surprising range of objects to broaden and deepen our collection. A highlight is a Haida pipe bowl of stone in the shape of a sitting eagle as we know it from the totem poles. Another special animal is a Chinese water pipe in the shape of a standing heron. A beautiful, extremely long tubular tobacco pipe set with brass nails comes from the Kinga tribe in Tanzania. It was smoked vertically and stuck out above the silhouette of the sitting smoker like a tall chimney. Closer to home are wooden pipes with a harlequin or a solemn bearded man, fine works of wood carving. It is clear that the museum collection is still gaining in importance by adding rare and exceptional objects.

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First acquisition 2018

23 January 2018

First acquisition 2018

From old Dutch possessions our museum bought a striking and remarkable old tobacco pipe from the Batak tribe. This Sumatran people have been making impressive brass smoking pipes for almost two centuries in a lost wax technique. Characteristic is that they are made up of several parts, connected with a wooden plug. The surface of the brass is always decorated with fine geometric patterns, supplemented with some engraving. This is also the case with this tobacco pipe. A special feature of this acquisition is the high age. This is evident from the original, rather understated way the decoration is executed and especially from the fine and attractive patina, result of decades of untouched storage.

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Christmas and New Year's greeting

22 December 2017

Christmas and New Year's greeting

From the Amsterdam Pipe Museum on the Prinsengracht we wish you a merry Christmas and a good, healthy and happy 2018. Of course we hope to welcome you in our museum and our museum shop again in the New Year!

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Auction Adler collection

14 December 2017

Auction Adler collection

The pipe collection of John Adler, deceased earlier this year, was auctioned yesterday in the English town of Colchester. As a member of a family of pipe manufacturers and traders, Adler has been involved throughout his life in the production and especially the wholesale in pipes in England. In addition to his profession, Adler was also active as a collector. Over the years he brought together a wide range of pipes, although his passion was with meerschaum and briar. Reeman Dansie Auctioneers were now allowed to bring his collection to auction. Despite the late announcement, an international audience was present and the lots were sold for serious prices. For our museum we were able to acquire over sixty items that are a nice reflection of John Adler's passion for the pipe. One of his favorite pieces was a large meerschaum pipe bowl depicting a battle with Napoleon as the central hero.

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Amsterdam drawings from the 18th Century

16 November 2017

Amsterdam drawings from the 18th Century

This magnificent drawing of a group artists, sitting in the towing boat heading for Haarlem, is a joy for any pipe aficionado. It was done by the Amsterdam based artist John Greenwood in 1759. If you take a closer look you can see that the pipes they smoke are not the standard Gouda pipes, but these are longer specimen. With the extra long pipes these gentlemen could stand out above the average smoker. This drawing is now part of a fine exhibition in the Amsterdam City Archive. Our museum provided the exhibition with such a oversized clay pipe to make the image more lively. The transport of a fragile 80 centimeters long pipe was a risk, but we passed the challenge. On view till 14 January 2018.

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Museum Night 2017

4 November 2017

Museum Night 2017

#‎Museumnachtamsterdam in the #AmsterdamPipeMuseum had as theme: Sherlock Holmes. This iconic pipe smoker with his characteristic calabash pipe was present in person in our museum. He explained the visitors what marvels can be discovered in the permanent exhibition. The encounter and discussions with Sherlock in his costume showed that the exceptional late opening hours were highly appreciated. In the same style the bar offered English lager and ginger ale. Besides, we could take some fine pictures, shown in this album.

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Mini-expo Calabashes for Sherlock

29 October 2017

Mini-expo Calabashes for Sherlock

On the occasion of the appearance of Sherlock Holmes in our museum during the #Museum Night, we organize a mini-exhibition under the title Calabashes for Sherlock. In a table display case a series of tobacco pipes are shown that in principle could have been smoked by Sherlock Holmes. Characteristic of his pipe is that the pipe bowl is built into the top of a gourd, a specific fruit. Because the opening is wide, a meerschaum insert is made for the bowl. Calabash pipes were mounted with stems of amber, hard rubber or plastic. Silver settings give the luxurious look to these pipes. The calabash pipe owes its popularity mainly to its user comfort. The smoke is pleasantly cooled by the hollow interior space in the gourd. Unfortunately, we cannot offer that smoking experience in our mini-exhibition, that is on view till the end of December.

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Announcement Museum Night

17 October 2017

Announcement Museum Night

The new posters for the Amsterdam Museum Night on 4 November have been presented. Smashing design as usually, a future collectors’ item. They are all over the city now! Save the date to meet the real Sherlock Holmes in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum or to make a speed tour through our museum. Also, our bar-tabac is open the full evening.

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Pipe in Art

15 October 2017

Pipe in Art

Amsterdam Ornis A. Gallery presents a exhibition of paintings under the title The Ideology of Pipe Smoking. It is the work of young artist Bart Kok. He is inspired by a citation of one of his teachers at the St. Lucas Academy in Antwerp. This teacher stated that in his time –talking about the 1950’s – many artists were hanging around in their studios, staring at their own work, smoking a pipe. This reflecting thinking about your own prestations is just what Kok experiences and what he displays in his paintings, giving the tobacco pipe a prominent role. To be seen at Hazenstraat 11, Amsterdam, until 18 November 2017.

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City Walk

14 October 2017

City Walk

The Amsterdam City Walk passed the Amsterdam Pipe Museum for the second time this year. This annual event brings together more than 20,000 walkers, who all saw the mega sign of the museum. Good for our name recognition. Many people already knew the museum, because of our recent participation in a popular TV program on the national television. A nice double result.

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Four generations Stokkebye

11 October 2017

Four generations Stokkebye

For four generations the Danish name Stokkebye is related to pipe tobaccos. Since a few years a new line of tobaccos is presented under the name of Erik Peters. Four special mixtures represent the four generations of directors of this firm. While visiting our pipe shop and museum in Amsterdam Erik Stokkebye jr., now working in the US, presented his matching tobacco pipes for the first time in the Netherlands. The designs are based on historic shapes with a modern twist that gives them a refreshing style.

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Databse for deaccessioning of museum objects

9 October 2017

Databse for deaccessioning of museum objects

Many museums, especially te older ones, have objects that don’t fit in their collection. Today a museum cannot sell an object, just like that, because it is in public ownership. Since a few years the Dutch museums have access to a dedicated website for deaccessioning museum object. It enables to offer objects to other museums. For the first time #AmsterdamPipeMuseum put something on: a French figural pipe, representing ‘the wandering Jew’. Not that the pipe doesn’t fit into the collection, but because it is damaged. Recently we have bought a perfect copy of the same pipe, so the damaged one can be replaced.

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Forty years ago

4 October 2017

Forty years ago

Exactly today it is forty years ago that the still young Don Duco visited researcher and collector Sjoerd Laansma. In the nineteen fifties and sixties Laansma who lived in Gouda, studied the pipe industry and collected clay pipes and paraphernalia. His serious interest was encouraged by the last director of the Zenith pipe works founded 1749, the late Dirk van der Want. That adventure resulted in his stencil printed publication on the pipe makers marks of Gouda. Because Laansma shifted his historical interest in other directions in 1977, he offered his collection of pipe makers tools for sale. That opportunity brought our museum a fine set of tools from the famous firm P. van der Want Gzn. The illustrated rare agate polishing tool is part of this group.

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In memory of Helperi Kimm

30 September 2017

In memory of Helperi Kimm

Last night a commemorative dinner was organized in the famous Amsterdam Hotel Schiller for Tiemen Helperi Kimm who passed away last January. Kimm, for many years secretary of the board of Royal Niemeyer Tobacco, was appointed director of the Nautical  Museum and Niemeyer Tobacco Museum in 1981. He rearranged the collection, originally created by Brongers, focusing more on the typical Dutch smoking culture. During dinner fragments of the many TV and film shots of the deceased showed the passion and dedication of this remarkable personality. Over the past years Kimm wrote his opus magnum, a detailed book on the relation of ancient Rome with the Germanic tribes in North-West Europe.

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Mastro de Paja back in the Netherlands

25 September 2017

Mastro de Paja back in the Netherlands

Italy delivers since many years the top in pipe design, thanks to a group of artisans that produce the most magnificent free-hands and quality serials. This week we met again Alberto Montini, designer at the famous pipe workshop Mastro de Paja in Pesaro (It.). For a few years he took four historic pipes from our collection to recreate into new briar pipes. Unfortunately this well-known pipe maker is no longer represented in Dutch shops. Thanks to our direct contact a new series of high grade pipes is now available in our pipe shop.

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Luther and Dutch history

22 September 2017

Luther and Dutch history

Two exhibitions opened this week in both of which our museum gave objects in loan. For the first, an exhibition on 400 years Luther, the founder of Protestantism, we lend a pipe tamper with depiction of Pope-Devil. This theme illustrates the resistance to the Catholic church that formed the base of the Reformation movement of Luther. The second exhibit is a tobacco pipe with the portrait of William of Orange, founder of the Dutch Republic during the 16th Century, for the exhibition on the highlights of Dutch history. In case you would like to see our objects in their new context: “Luther” is shown in Utrecht until 28 January 2018, “Dutch history” in Open Air Museum Arnhem for the coming years!

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Voluntary team dinner

14 September 2017

Voluntary team dinner

Today we had the annual dinner with our voluntary guides. Of course there is no better place than the main room of our museum, surrounded by the collection of pipes. On the big centre table a multi-course menu was served that enabled our team to socialize in a relaxing atmosphere. We hope that everyone is physically and emotionally strengthened to have again many unexpected and interesting encounters with our museum visitors.

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Unsmoked from an Antwerp shop

3 September 2017

Unsmoked from an Antwerp shop

From the descendants of the former Moeremans pipe shop in Antwerp, closed already since the 1970’s, we recently bought a series of twentieth century pipes executed in pure Belgian taste. It is extraordinary that these pipes have been stored away somewhere before 1940, when the pipes were new, untouched and never been unpacked since. So, this series of pipes is still in mint condition, showing the Belgian taste of the first half of the 20th Century. The illustrated case with four briars has been made by a so-far unknown Belgian maker in a typical Belgian 1930’s design. The lining of the case in fake fur is even more Belgian semi-luxurious. This is an unexpected addition to the pipe smoking culture we try to assemble in our collection.

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Filming for Dutch TV

22 August 2017

Filming for Dutch TV

Today a film company for Dutch television made their recordings for a popular program on interiors of remarkable houses. Our building was filmed from the attic to the basement showing how working and living in a canal house can be. Four hours filming for eight minutes of television – that’s how it is. Broadcasted on 2nd October on Dutch TV channel 2. Maybe it will give new visitors?!

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Visitors give Tripadvisor Award

11 August 2017

Visitors give Tripadvisor Award

Just like last year social media platform Tripadvisor rewarded the Amsterdam Pipe Museum this year an Award for excellent service. We thank our visitors for their positive feed-back that form the base of this recognition. August proves to be the busiest month, as we have noticed for a few years now. Over the past years visitor numbers in August were just over 50% more than the average per month; this year we counted even 63% increase. Our own observation is that so many of our visitors are youngsters. About 2/3 of the visitors is under 30 years of age.

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German tobacco publicity in Dutch taste

5 August 2017

German tobacco publicity in Dutch taste

Recently we could buy from a antiquarian in Cologne a series of tobacco wrappers of German tobacco, dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Rarely such inconspicuous printing matters have been preserved, but they give an important view on the tobacco trade and publicity. Striking to see how much influence the tobacco trade from Holland had on German tobacco wrappers. Over a dozen of these pictures are based on Dutch brands, displaying the connection between these two cultures.

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Against discolouring

4 August 2017

Against discolouring

Being housed in an historic building demands permanent maintenance. This week the windows of the library got a new protection against UV radiation. There was a reflecting foil for many years already, but this needed replacement in order to guarantee the protection from discoloration of our specialist book collection. Thanks to recent development of the best materials we have full light protection of the incoming sun. Hopefully our heirs over a generation or even more will be thankful.

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New milestone in digitizing

29 July 2017

New milestone in digitizing

During the reloading of our photos in the online database, we passed the iconic border of thirty thousand objects. As announced two weeks ago all photos were deleted, but now the collection is back on-line, including the 2.000 objects that have been digitized last winter. This means that our collection is digitized for over 96% now, with the exception of a few hundred brass pipe moulds and a series of archaeological finds. These will be photographed next Winter period.

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Pipe maker visits pipe museum

25 July 2017

Pipe maker visits pipe museum

Some visitors are more into pipes than others. Today we had a highly interested visitor: Roman Peter, a pipe maker, pipe collector and pipe store owner from Switzerland. During a holiday with his family, Roman spent a long time in the museum with all its stories on historic pipes. He was clearly enjoying himself and in the end he bought a fine piece for his collection in our museum shop. Also for us it was most stimulating to share our views with someone who is involved in pipes for so long.

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New upload of photos

12 July 2017

New upload of photos

Starting today our online collection database will be closed for maintenance. Over the last two years we updated the standard format of our photographs, which means that we need to reload all photos into the database. First step is that all photos will be deleted and then reloaded. This task will take at least two weeks. So, if you want to search our database, you'll have to wait. Finally all information will be back on-line, including the most recent photos.

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Article on Cameroon tobacco pipes

20 June 2017

Article on Cameroon tobacco pipes

Our curator Don Duco published an article on figural tobacco pipes from Cameroon in the yearbook of the Society for Friends of Ethnographic Art. The Amsterdam Pipe Museum houses a large collection of these pipes, of which sixteen were selected. They represent the styles in which these pipes were made showing the craftsmanship of the Grassland people. We hope this article will generate a larger interest in the pipe as a form of applied art amongst the ethnographic collectors.

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Buy your museum card on our website

16 June 2017

Buy your museum card on our website

Over a million people in our country have got one: the museum-card. This simple card gives free access to over 500 registered museums all over the Netherlands. For that reason it is a must-have to get into these treasure houses of unique artwork and historic objects to find out their stories. The museum-card is for sale in our museum. From today on it is also possible to order the card directly through our website (visitor’s page). We hope you will use our link when buying.

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Museum Register

15 June 2017

Museum Register

Our museum is listed as 'registered museum', meaning that all functions, both public and behind the screens, are checked and in good order: the board, finances, policy, collection plans, etc. Every five years the whole list is rechecked during the so-called reassessment. This time the assessment took a long time because the bureau doing this was overworked. But, this week our museum was re-listed in the national museum register to be found at www.museumregisternederland.nl. Also there is a formal diploma.

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Amsterdam Pipe Museum acquires a pipe with cannons

9 June 2017

Amsterdam Pipe Museum acquires a pipe with cannons

Recently our museum managed to buy in Paris a most exceptional pipe: the marshal’s pipe. This meerschaum pipe from about 1830 is fitted with a full silver lid holding a cannon, with eight gun barrels around. If the pipe is in use, smoke comes from the cannons all around. This kind of exclusive tobacco pipes were made as a gift to high officers in the French army. For these man in uniform such high-end pipes were one of the rare items to distinguish themselves. This exceptional acquisition will be showcased in the museum the coming months.

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Pipe Museum and Bach’s tobacco cantata on TV

15 May 2017

Pipe Museum and Bach’s tobacco cantata on TV

The second episode of the new program Museumstukken (Museum items) on local and regional television, covers the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Apart from a short tour along the collection by Midas Meester and Benedict Goes we see something special: a performance of the Tobacco Cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. Elma Dekker sings this very appropriate song, accompanied on clavichord by Laurens de Man.

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Thirty years ago

5 May 2017

Thirty years ago

Today it is exactly thirty years ago that English pipe collectors and researchers from the Society for Clay Pipe Research (SCPR) visited Holland. The program listed a visit to our museum at that time in Hof Meermansburg in Leiden, next to a trip to Gouda. One of the highlights was a visit to museum De Moriaan (blackamor) exhibiting the history of the Gouda pipe. The same day we also visited the workshop for modern ceramic pipes of Adrianus van der Want. Two topics that do not exist anymore. What remains however, are the pipes donated to our museum collection found in Bristol and made by Richard Ring. These items still can be found in our reserve collection. One of them is illustrated here.

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South-African wood

29 April 2017

South-African wood

The Xhosa tribe in South-Africa, formerly also indicated as Kaffer, has developed a special tradition in pipe making. For over two centuries they use a local wood to carve tobacco pipes in a specific shape. The standard shape is a long stem with a high cylindrical bowl, with a small heel underneath referring to the Dutch clay pipe. Since the wood is not fire-resistant, the interior of the bowl is lined with sheet metal. The mouthpiece is quite particular, made of a different wood, contrasting in colour. While the pipe can be transferred to another person, the mouthpiece is strictly personal and even of magical value. Except for the standard shapes, all kinds of geometrical pipe designs are made. For instance with a stem in a non-functional, but quite funny angle or with a circular decoration around the bowl, giving the pipe a very distinctive silhouette. Furthermore added decorations of coloured beads are popular.

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Birthday of a collection object

24 April 2017

Birthday of a collection object

The royal set of tressed clay pipes that adorn our museum since decades is also called the "Queens braids". Today exactly one hundred twenty years ago Princess Wilhelmina and her mother Queen-Regent Emma paid a visit to the city of Gouda. A year before the coronation of the Princess, in April 1897 mother and daughter were present at the special demonstration of his craft by the master pipe maker at Goedewaagen's pipe works. After all this time, the tressed pipes are still as new, presented in the museum in a royal gilded frame.

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Promotional film for Amsterdam Pipe Museum

22 April 2017

Promotional film for Amsterdam Pipe Museum

This week our loyal volunteer IJsbrand van Dijk finished a promotional film about our museum. A nice piece of work that features the versatile approach toward pipes of the museum. We hope that this three-minute video, that also will be shown on YouTube, will contribute to the popularity of our museum and its collections.

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Naked women back from Groningen

12 April 2017

Naked women back from Groningen

Today the Nautical Museum in Groningen brought back our objects on loan. The most erotic pipes from our collection have been on show at the exhibition ‘Prostitution in the A-Quarter’. Porcelain pipes of naked women used to be part of this notorious neighborhood. And look at the cat that is nibbling at a phallus. From now on these images that are not for everybody’s eyes will be stored away in the dark of our reserves until a next loan request comes in.

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Our real gold

10 April 2017

Our real gold

During the Museumweek photos were made of visitors to the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Each of them holding a picture frame before their favorite object. It is obvious: as many visitors, as many beloved objects. Look for the series on our Facebook page

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A special bequest

5 April 2017

A special bequest

Totally unexpected we received today an e-mail message saying that the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is bequeathed with a pipe collection. It's about the collection of Felix van Tienhoven, a Dutch collector who passed away. Felix had a special interest in tobacco pipes, completely or partly made out of metal. His stay in Japan for several years gave rise to this focus. The scope of his collection extended finally to pipes from all parts of the world as long as they are made in metal. We will keep you posted on the follow-up.

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Objects transferred

3 April 2017

Objects transferred

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum, being a registered museum, got the chance to select objects from the collections of Museum Nusantara in Delft that closes down. For over a century this was the museum on the Indonesian archipelago, with a unique collection. Fifty objects, all related to smoking and betel chewing, are being transferred to our museum. Today these objects arrived in Amsterdam, packed in big boxes. Over the coming weeks they will be cleaned and registered, and eventually added to our database. This is a fine addition to our collection of the Dutch East-Indies. Illustrated is a rare hand spittoon from Karawang, West-Java. This fragile object, probably the only surviving from the nineteenth century, was already acquired in 1894 by the predecessor of the Nusantara museum.

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Museumweek

1 April 2017

Museumweek

From 1 to 9 April it will be Museum-week all over Holland. The endless series of treasures preserved in the Dutch museums are advertised as ‘our real gold’. As a highlight of our collection we show this week a pipe not with gold but with mother of pearl made in a priceless craftsmanship. It is a Hungarian made wooden pipe from the 1840’s.The surface of this pipe is covered all over with tiny pieces of cut silvery shell in a fine geometric pattern, including three small coat of arms in hart shapes with miniature double headed eagles, the imperial sign. For this year this recent acquisition functions as one of our precious objects, our ‘real gold’.

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Pipe Marks recorded

24 March 2017

Pipe Marks recorded

During the last part of the Winter session of photography we recorded the heel marks of the oval pipe bowls from Gouda. These trademarks, in diameter measuring less than half a centimeter, are really dull, but since photos are made with a good macro lens you can study them in detail. Combined with the reference book by Don Duco on Gouda pipe makers and their marks, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum offers a unique set of information. With this study collection any archaeologist, professional and amateur alike, will be able to date and identify pipe finds in their ground layers.

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The new watermark is getting common

17 March 2017

The new watermark is getting common

Since three years our museum changed its name from Pijpenkabinet into Amsterdam Pipe Museum. The photographs in our collection database still show the old name as a watermark. These watermarks are included in the photo using a special formula in the image processing. So, our name change made that we have to change also many thousands of photographs. We are working on this specific job now. If you enlarge one of the pictures in the database you’ll find more and more the new name. This all for the branding of our museum name.

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Exhibition of acquisitions extended

12 March 2017

Exhibition of acquisitions extended

Our small exhibition of the fine set of acquisitions of 2016 has been extended until 12 June. This is caused by the photography work we did during the Winter that has not finished yet, which makes that we don't have time to prepare a new exhibition. While work behind the screens continues, the most attractive purchases of last year can be seen for another three months. If you can, take the opportunity!

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‘It’s a men’s world’

10 March 2017

‘It’s a men’s world’

The Museum of Bags and Purses along Herengracht in Amsterdam opens today an exhibition on bags specifically for men, entitled "It’s a men’s world". The bags are related to the typical men’s activities such as hunting, traveling and office work. For each type of bag we selected a suiting smoking pipe from our collection that is presented in the exhibition in the Museum of Bags. For example pipes carved out of a piece of deer antler with hunting scenes. And a fine crocodile leather case to keep your pipe and tobacco, together with a classy pipe as would have been smoked in the 1950’s. Do not forget to visit this interesting exhibition!

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Briar makers marks

24 February 2017

Briar makers marks

Like the marks on clay tobacco pipes, marks on briar pipes are also collectable. They do not origin from excavations, but can be found on flea markets or on the internet. Worldwide collectors are looking for them and try to trace the makers and their period. You might expect that everything is known of these relatively modern marks, but that is not true. Marks came into use and after a certain time they were changed for others, hence tracing back the owners is often not so easy but that is of course a part of the fun. To inspire, this album shows a series of makers marks, to illustrate their variety.

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Unique donation

18 February 2017

Unique donation

A visitor of today was Jill Mills from Chatham, New Jersey, USA. She is a descendent of the famous pipe carver Stanley Jarka, of whom we have a wonderful set of pipes made in the 1970’s. Other members of the family have been visiting us over the years for admiring the creations of wood artist Stanley. Jill brought an envelope with some drawings, not to special but too good to throw away. It proved to be the original designs for the pipes in our museum. She could not have imagined how thrilled we were to see these drawings and decided to leave them as a donation. This fulfills a great wish to better document the background of these rare pipes.

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Porcelain photographed

9 February 2017

Porcelain photographed

Last two weeks we produced several hundreds of photographs of the porcelain pipe bowls, the so-called ‘German stummel’ that are on permanent display in the front room of the museum. Reason that they haven’t been digitized yet is the time-consuming work of dismantling the showcases, a job that has to be done outside the regular opening hours. So, during the early morning and late evening we took on this task, which resulted in a great series of pictures. In remounting the porcelain pipes, we took the opportunity to replace some of them for newly acquired examples, for a better composition, more logical order and more attractive over-all esthetic result.

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Bach at the museum

26 January 2017

Bach at the museum

Today we had an unusual experience at the museum, not with regular visitors but with two musicians. Singer Elma Dekker performed together with Lourens de Man on electronic clavichord the Tobacco cantata by Johan Sebastian Bach. The famous Bach wrote this song in 1734 on the words of a humoristic poem that reads: "Each time I take my tobacco pipe, well filled with fine canister...". In the museum the performance was a test, to be repeated on another occasion for a real audience and of course with a real clavichord. We have experienced that the museum not only has a splendid collection, but also excellent acoustics.

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First acquisition in 2017

20 January 2017

First acquisition in 2017

Our first buy this year is a heavy object, literally. It is a printing block consisting of a thick lead plaque, shaped and engraved, nailed on a firm wooden board. It has been used to print paper tobacco bags. This printing block is unusual in its size, over 16 cm high. It is meant for printing a large size package of finely cut Frisian ‘baay-tobacco’. The image is the famous tobacco brand of the white bear in oval framing. The plate doesn’t include the name of the shop or tobacco cutter, that would have been printed separately on the back. The white bear appears as a tobacco brand in the eighteenth century, but this printing block dates from the first half nineteenth century in Leeuwarden. This item is a welcome addition to a set of printing plates for tobacco wrappers in our museum.

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Christmas wish

24 December 2016

Christmas wish

Amsterdam Pipe Museum wishes all its relations a prosperous 2017. We hope to welcome you in our museum and our museum shop again in the New Year.

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Medicinal pipe

14 December 2016

Medicinal pipe

In an article written this month entitled The medicinal pipe of the Maasai, rite or rubbish? Don Duco discusses a remarkable acquisition of the Pijpenkabinet. It is a bone pipet that is said to have been used by medicine-men of the African Maasai tribe,a nomadic tribe who live near Lake Victoria. Read the article and form your own opinion non this remarkable object. The semi smoking pipe bought by our museum will be kept as evidence of this special form of tourist art. It will be the start of exposing other local smoking pipes as items for tourists and that way get a better image of the world wide culture of pipe smoking.

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Discussion private museums

8 December 2016

Discussion private museums

Every month, a current theme on museums is discussed with colleagues and interested parties in the Salon Museologie. This time the theme was the private museums: Do they have more options due to their independence? Do they have better prospects for the future? On behalf of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, Benedict Goes participated in the forum on these themes. It became clear that our museum takes its task very seriously, for example by being registered since 2006. In a short PowerPoint, the museum contrasted positively with the others.

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Old pipe collection on sale

11 November 2016

Old pipe collection on sale

In Deuil-la-Barre, a poche Parisian suburb, a pipe collector lived until the 1980’s. He started with the collection of his father and continued himself in searching for additional acquisitions. After his death his daughter kept the collection of her father and grandfather, exposed in a grand oval neo-Louis-XVI table showcase. Now she has died on her turn, the collection comes up for sale. Last Tuesday was the final day at a local auction house. 110 Lots from this two-generation collection were auctioned. The Amsterdam Pipe Museum was present and able to buy a fine series of pipes of varied nature. Follow our online database where, within a few weeks, all objects will be published including photo and determination.

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Museum night again well attended

7 November 2016

Museum night again well attended

The Amsterdam Museum Night was again a big success. This year we had a lot of foreign visitors, Fortunately, all our volunteers speak at least four languages, so even the Italians were addressed in their own tongue. The great hit was the tasting of snuff tobacco. Nobody ever tried this, so it was a unique experience. At first quite a shock, but the aftertaste was extremely pleasant. Our bar-tabac was surprising with all the tobacco- and smoke related drinks and food.

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Your pinch is ready!

1 November 2016

Your pinch is ready!

From the Museum-N8 editorial office: In the Amsterdam Pipe Museum at Prinsengracht 488 you can not only look, you can also taste delicious drinks such as a smoked beer, but you can also use your nose. Our theme is snuff tobacco and there is a pinch for every visitor!

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Special purchase for Amsterdam museum

28 October 2016

Special purchase for Amsterdam museum

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum made a special purchase at the well-known and frequently visited Tribal Art Fair in De Duif in Amsterdam. Ethnographic traders from the Netherlands and other countries come to De Duif every year with ethnological objects of good quality. The Amsterdam Pipe Museum bought a rare pipe on the very first day. It is a figural tobacco pipe in the shape of a saddled horse, made by the Indians in the Plains of Central America. The material they traditionally use for their pipes is catlinite, a fairly soft red stone that can be cut and polished smoothly. In addition to the well-known peace pipe, there is another but rare type of pipe with a horse head. Horses were precious to the Indian tribes and important for the bison hunt, which is why they were depicted on ceremonial objects. In this case, the saddle, in stylized design, is shown behind the horse's head. The pipe was purchased from an American gallery. No wonder that they are able to offer this fine piece, since such native American objects are rarely traded in Europe. The red stone pipe was made by the Sioux and is now sold from an American collection to an Amsterdam museum. Here in Amsterdam, the pipe is a fine addition to the ever growing sub-collection of pre-Columbian and native American pipes.

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Youngest museum visitor

21 October 2016

Youngest museum visitor

Today the Amsterdam Pipe Museum welcomed it's youngest visitor ever. This cute little boy lives in Amsterdam and was accompanied by his Rumanian father. During his young life he has already visited over two-hundred museums!. Apart from that he proves to be a born photo model.

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Pipe smoking course

20 October 2016

Pipe smoking course

Pipe smoking is the art of smoking for the taste, the aroma, not for the nicotine. But smoking a pipe is not an easy thing to do. There is some technique required: firstly filling your pipe properly, then lighting it, smoking quietly ... In a one evening course you will learn all the ins and outs of a good smoke with taste experience by doing. This includes enjoying different flavours of tobacco. Sign up by an email to mailto:info@pipemusem.nl. The evenings start at 8 pm and last until about 11 pm. The costs are 25 euros per person.

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New sign

12 October 2016

New sign

Now the paintwork has been done, the visibility of the museum can be improved. A tailor-made sign fitting in the railing of the doorstep on the front door shows on both sides the museum logo. Since our two doors, one in the basement and one on top of the five steps on the main floor, caused some confusion, we added an indication that the entrance to the museum is through the shop.

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New store name on the façade

30 September 2016

New store name on the façade

After painting the façade, the entrance of our museum and shop is provided with a new name. The old but popular Smokiana pipeshop has been changed for the new name: Amsterdam Pipe Shop as a logo above the door. It is bizarre for as a museum, but this logo may not be a permanent inscription, only a temporary one. At night the text is not allowed to hang, so we remove our name in the evening to hang it back the next morning. Municipal rules are strange. There used to be a cheerful flag, nowadays flags are not allowed anymore. In a later regulation the municipality forbade the letters Pipeshop on our sign so we had to remove these. At the same time, it is allowed nowadays to put your company name is separate letters, so that façades are destroyed with countless holes without mercy. We do not find this choice an option for our historic brickwork.

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Without scaffolding

21 September 2016

Without scaffolding

After four weeks of hard work the painting of all the woodwork at the front is finished. All window frames are well painted in the typical Amsterdam colors canal green and sandstone yellow. Extra task was the restoration of the two series of ridge-tiles, which are now smooth again. The museum housing may be seen again. Let the visitors come!

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Cigar box labels

9 September 2016

Cigar box labels

Examples of fine printing art are the labels used to decorate wooden cigar boxes. In our museum collection an impressive range of these labels can be found, bringing back the romantic feeling about cigar smoking from the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Special about these items is the incredible craftsmanship that these small lithographs show, in sparkling colors often in blind print including details in real leaf gold. To our online collection database a series of new examples have been added this month. Who wants to escape the crude everyday life can dream away in imaginary clouds of cigar smoke by looking for an endless series on www.pipemuseum.nl using the search name kistetiket. This presentation shows a dozen representative examples of these small pieces of art.

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Exhibition on snuff tobacco

27 August 2016

Exhibition on snuff tobacco

The fall exhibition of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is dedicated to smokeless tobacco or snuff. A series of snuffboxes, from simple to very luxurious, comes from our own reserves. Really sensational are the fine snuff rasps, used by the rich in the 18th century to grate tobacco into snuff powder. The wooden or ivory holder is finely carved with elegant scenes. This time the museum offers its visitors the ultimate snuff experience: you can take snuff yourself! How sensational, you leave the museum with a tickling nose.

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Behind scaffolding

24 August 2016

Behind scaffolding

As every house, also the museum needs a repaint. Today a huge scaffolding is being built at the front gable. It will be quite a task: window frames on four floors and the enormous wooden gable cornice. The last one hasn't been painted for years, so that needs extra attention. Probably all the old paint has to be removed. The scaffolding is even high enough to reach the typical Amsterdam lifting beam and hook. Needless to say: museum and museum shop will be open as usual.

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The prunus as an alternative smoking equipment

28 July 2016

The prunus as an alternative smoking equipment

Talking about wooden pipes, you think of briar, the magical heather root from the Mediterranean area. Yet it is not the only type of wood from which pipes are made. In a recently written article, Don Duco discusses tobacco pipes and cigar holders made from an alternative type of wood: the prunus or the wood from the plum, peach or cherry. In addition to simple cigar holders, numerous tobacco pipes have been produced. On the one hand, their style follows the line of French briar, characterized by a handy size and a practical design. In addition, the German Gesteckpfeife was a source of inspiration, which led to pipes with a more artificial silhouette composed of several parts. The most remarkable, however, are the figural specimens carved from whimsical pieces of cherry wood. They show attractive folk art scenes, often with mask heads and portraits. These unusual pipes are the curiosities in the category of cherry wood pipes.

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Portraits from Belgium

8 July 2016

Portraits from Belgium

This time in the series photo galleries a dozen pipes from the spare collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. It concerns clay pipe bowls with heads originating from Belgium, mainly from the river Meuse region. Especially in the factories Wingender and Knoedgen the production of such clay pipes flourished between 1850 and 1900. Over the decades, both factories built up a special collection with a preference for character and fantasy figures. With their clay pipes they served the simple smoker who was out on a slightly cheaper pipe because they could not afford the real quality.

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Tripadvisor award for the museum

6 June 2016

Tripadvisor award for the museum

The reviews about the Amsterdam Pipe Museum on travel-site Tripadvisor continue to be positive. This resulted in an award: the Certificate of Excellence 2016. This means that the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is reviewed very positive by its visitors. They like the special service of our personal tours, the collection, the historic setting and the amazing shop.

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Gift from a grateful visitor

30 May 2016

Gift from a grateful visitor

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum attracts many foreign visitors. A Portuguese visitor was so excited about the collection that he wished to support the museum. A week later a package arrived by post, containing four pipes as a donation to the museum collection. His father received these pipes in the '60 in Angola, which was at the time a Portuguese province. At that time it was a wonderful gesture from a satisfied patient, now it is a nice compliment to our museum! The moment was extra special, having a mini-exhibition on Angola pipes now.

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Special pipes from Angola

12 May 2016

Special pipes from Angola

From 12 May until 20 August 2016 Amsterdam Pipe Museum has ”Special pipes from Angola" as an exhibition of objects from our reserves. Local Angolese tribes as the Ovimbudu, Tschokwe and Songo carved pipes out of softwood. To prevent the wood from burning, the inner bowl is covered with sheet metal. Special feature of these tribal pipes are the figural carvings on the stem, such as masks or sitting persons. To get a cool smoke, these wooden bowls were attached to long iron stems. Other tribes used more practical, short stemmed smoking pipes using the same materials.

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Pipe tools

6 May 2016

Pipe tools

A trivial item is the pipe tool, a handy three-in-one instrument, indispensable for the pipe smoker. Over several generations it has been in use, starting as a simple pipe tamper or pipe cleaner. By 1920 the practical instrument was introduced, combining stopper and cleaning devices. The tamper is used during smoking, the pricker and spoon when the pipe is empty for scraping out the bowl and keeping the stem open. Pipe tools exist in varieties, a dozen of which are shown in this chapter. Most common is the mass produced instrument from the Check Republic, of which many millions have been sold. Opposite is a luxurious pen shaped instrument in briar wood, unscrewed showing the tools, where pricker and scraper are combined. Collectors look for these implements and enjoy bringing together the minimal varieties.

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Curiosities of pipe clay from the Westerwald

30 April 2016

Curiosities of pipe clay from the Westerwald

In recent years, curator Don Duco has taken a closer look at the sub-collection of pipe clay figurines in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Early figurines since the 16th century were described in the first introductory article. After that the intererst was focussed on by-products in various Western European pipe producing centres. In the third and last article, by-products from the Westerwald are discussed. In the Rhine area the activity flourished and grew into an important industry in the early twentieth century. These statuettes are certainly trivial, but once collected and documented, this material sheds light on a curious piece of history of an industry that has since fully disappeared.

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Museum week: Our real gold

17 April 2016

Museum week: Our real gold

Last year the traditional Museumweekend was changed into a Museumweek. This year we participate in this successful event with a 7 days opening, highlighting a spectacular pipe - a recent acquisition. For this week only we exhibit a grand French meerschaum pipe: the tobacco pipe that was presented by the French King Louis Philippe to one of his army officers. The elaborate silver lid supports a canon an two piles of bullets. If you press a small knob on the lid, a second, hidden lid appears with a portrait medal of the king himself. On view till Sunday April 24.

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Modern silver tobacco jars

14 April 2016

Modern silver tobacco jars

On 17th April 2016 the exhibition "Silver art in the Netherlands" opens at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, in which the artistic possibilities of silver are explored along examples of contemporary Dutch designed large silver objects. Our museum has given four tobacco jars in loan. These pots, part of a series of twelve, are modern interpretations of the traditional tobacco jar that are commissioned by mr Peter Becker in 1997. If you like to see these original artworks within the scope of contemporary silver design you can visit the museum in The Hague up to 21 August 2016. A splendid exhibition!

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On front page of Cigar Journal

18 March 2016

On front page of Cigar Journal

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum exhibition on the pipe designs by Jean Perron is well received by the press. Within two days the news was on the front-page of one of the largest online smoking magazines, the Cigar Journal. This American produced magazine is spread among cigar aficionados and other tobacco consumers all over the world. A more specific target group was reached through the website of the Pipe Club of Italy, that published the exhibition in the same week. We can conclude that we did well by sending out our press review internationally.

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Found exactly half a century ago

16 March 2016

Found exactly half a century ago

This decorated clay pipe bowl was about two hundred years old at the moment it was found by Don Duco in March 1966. Just an accidental found in deposited soil in the Westerleestraat in Amsterdam. At that moment it was the most beautiful found from this piece of land. Today it is exactly 50 years ago that the founder of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum did this find, and consequently the most ancient object in the museum. After a few years this pipe has been exhibited for five years in the Pijpenkamer at Frederiksplein in Amsterdam. Later it was on loan to the State Museum for Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) in Leiden, where it was part of the permanent presentation. These must have been the finest hours for this small pipe bowl; since 1993 it is well-kept but hidden in the museum reserves.

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Jean Perron rediscovered

14 March 2016

Jean Perron rediscovered

The discovery of a cardboard case holding eighty pages of hand drawn designs urged us to show this recent acquisition in a small exhibition in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. It is a tribute to a talented pipe maker and artist who, after one and a half century, appears from the oblivion of history by this recent rediscovery. His name Jean Perron appears as a tiny signature on one of the pages, that show his artistic talent in his fine drawings. He was active as a pipe designer and carver in Paris in the 1860-1875 period. The discovery of this case gives a fully new insight in the French production of meerschaum pipes. The exhibition "Jean Perron rediscovered" ends May 7 2016.

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A personalized entree ticket

11 March 2016

A personalized entree ticket

Especially the ardent pipe smoker and enthusiast pipe collector will look forward to a visit of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Today we received such a visitor. His loving spouse made him as a gift at home a self-created entree ticket for our museum. Understandable if you live as far as New Zealand. As you can imagine the visit of the family was a great success.

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Cultural blog

8 March 2016

Cultural blog

The young cultural minded crowd has a new blog that informs about art, culture, music and film. It is called Cleeft. One of the reporters visited the Amsterdam Pipe Museum and wrote a nice text entitled "Museum extraordinaire". That is exactly what it is, isn't it? A original and artistic photo shoot illustrates the story. You find the whole article on https://www.cleeft.nl/kunst/fotoreportage_museum-extraordinaire-amsterdam-pipe-museum

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Embossed pipes on the web

26 February 2016

Embossed pipes on the web

In our digitation project we photographed this month the eighteenth century embossed clay pipes. The decorated Gouda pipes are an important group in the extensive archaeological collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Up to now the archaeological collection has been only partly visible on the web, but finally we could catch up. Over two hundred pipe bowls from the heyday of the Gouda pipe production are made public by putting them on the web. Later this spring we envision to photograph the seventeenth century pipes. Together these groups form an important addition to our database for all amateur and professional archaeologists.

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Publication on small museums

26 January 2016

Publication on small museums

Today the first copy of a nice booklet was presented to Paul Spies, director of the Amsterdam Museum. Entitled 9 kleine museum in Amsterdam (9 small museums in Amsterdam), the booklet gives an introduction in text and images to a number of less well-known museum around the city. It is an initiative of the same foundation that did the street exhibition last year (see news 4 September 2015). This photo exhibition was so well received that this issue is a logical follow-up. Of course, the booklet is available from the Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

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First acquisition in 2016

24 January 2016

First acquisition in 2016

As usually, also in this year we continue to look actively for acquisitions. At the start of a new year you never know what will come up. In the mean time, we got our first acquisition: a painted porcelain name-pipe from North-Netherlands origin. The slender porcelain bowl shows prominently the name of "FRIKKE W. MOLACH GEB. DEN 15. MAART1832" (born 15 March 1832). The Christian name is somewhat unusual but typical for the Groningen province. We have been able to trace that Frikke was born in Westeremden and buried in Uithuizermeden. Further research can unveil his profession. For now, it is a rare and fine porcelain bowl for a Dutch local smoker.

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Over 130.000!

8 January 2016

Over 130.000!

Right at the start of this year we reached a new record with our website: 130.000 photographs are placed on our site! With this number we filled in the limits of our site capacity. The number and sizes of the files are so enormous that we now need to orientate to hire extra disk-space from the provider in order to expand. At this moment such an investment is not relevant, since we offer more than enough information with photo’s and detail pictures of 27.000 objects.

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Best Wishes

23 December 2015

Best Wishes

At the end of 2015 we wish all our website and Facebook-friends and further relations a good and prosperous 2016 with this Christmas decoration adorned with cute miniature pipes.

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Exhibition on Goedewaagen

16 November 2015

Exhibition on Goedewaagen

The local museum - Streekmuseum Krimpenerwaard - in Krimpen aan den IJssel, just south of Rotterdam, organizes an exhibition on the Goedewaagen pipe and ceramic factories in Gouda: Goedewaagen - veelzijdig aardewerk (mixed ceramics). Many private collectors lent their pottery. The pipe production is represented by a large series of loans from the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, both pipes and documents. The exhibition runs from 17 November 2015 to 27 February 2016, open Tuesday thru Saturday.

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Successful edition of MuseumNight 2015

9 November 2015

Successful edition of MuseumNight 2015

The second time the Amsterdam Pipe Museum participated in the Amsterdam Museum Night was again a positive event. Despite of the rainfall in the early hours of the evening, we received almost 400 visitors till closing time at 2AM. Apart from the drinks and bites, our program consisted of a repeated lecture on the pipe smoker and his choice for a particular shape or type of pipe. The examples of well-known pipe smokers made it easily recognizable for the public.

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Interesting poster design museum night

2 November 2015

Interesting poster design museum night

Each year a special publicity campaign is designed for the Amsterdam museum night. This year one of our sexy pipes has the lead in this campaign: a design from the 1930's in which the stem is shaped as a lady's leg, with the tobacco chamber in the thigh. This pipes is used in both a full-size poster and a video, in which confetti comes out of the pipes instead of smoke. A really original publicity for our museum.

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Amsterdam Pipe Museum in American Pipes Magazine

24 October 2015

Amsterdam Pipe Museum in American Pipes Magazine

The news about the Vincent van Gogh exhibition in Amsterdam spreads quite far. We saw it on the front page of the website PipesMagazine.com, probably the most important online magazine for pipe smokers in the world. See for the complete article online: http://pipesmagazine.com/blog/pipe-shows/vincent-van-gogh-pipe-smoking-exhibit-in-amsterdam/

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Night owls

20 October 2015

Night owls

According to Tom Kieft, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is probably the museum with the most swag in Amsterdam. Imagine yourself as a classic womanizer like Harry Mulisch or Prince Bernhard and make your way through the night.

The Museum Night for pipe lovers
The former Amsterdam Pipes Room (and later the Pipes Cabinet) was renamed the Amsterdam Pipe Museum in 2013 for the purpose of international promotion and at the expense of a number of easily accessible jokes. This small canal house museum on the Prinsengracht is an ideal stopover on Museum Night. On 7 November the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is more than just the wet dream of every pipe lover; you can enjoy delicious local sausages here and quench your thirst with bottled German beer . This beer is not your average Oettinger pilsner, but a smoked beer. And no, smoked beer is not a bottle filled with cigarette butts, but a beer made from smoked hops. I can tell you: fucking nice and especially for our "more-hop-is-hip IPA lovers", it is a must to come and taste this hip hop beer.

Traditional likes
Even if smoked beer, sausages or the beautiful building are not convincing, the collection and the accompanying explanations give sufficient reason to visit this site on November 7. Throughout the evening, museum staff are ready to tell you all about the pipe collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. This collection ranges from 500 BC to the present, from the first South American tobacco pipes to nineteenth-century European pipes, from Turkish shishas to Chinese opium pipes. You will learn that pipes are more than just pleasure instruments. There are French pipes in the museum with pictures of favourite writers, a kind of traditional "like" to inform friends and strangers about your literary preferences. With other pipes in the museum, the shape of the pipe has an even more important public function. For example, the gigantic chief pipes from Cameroon are, in addition to smoking equipment, objects to express power: the owner of the largest pipe has the most power. So even with pipes: size does matter!

Characteristic pipes
The museum curator will talk twice in the evening about well-known twentieth-century pipe smokers such as writer Harry Mulisch and Prince Bernhard, their favourite pipes and how the specific pipes of these gentlemen match their character. If you are inspired by all this beauty and you want to acquire a pipe for yourself, you are at the right place, because in addition to a pipe museum, this building also houses a well-equipped pipe shop. On the ground floor of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum you can buy a pipe, with which you can parade with swagger to the next museum.

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An article in a hipster blog

7 October 2015

An article in a hipster blog

A group of young culture aficionados in Amsterdam is writing a blog on theater, film and museums that they visit. In November they will have an active role in the famous Amsterdam Museum Night. Their blog is called Nachtbrakers and features a wide variety of cultural events. In September we had the pleasure of a visit by Tom, one of these bloggers. He wrote a dazzling and inspiring article on the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. We are curious to experience how his readers will react!

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Colourful Belgian pipes

5 October 2015

Colourful Belgian pipes

From our museum collection we show a dozen of pipes with a special finish in colourful marble glaze. All examples are press moulded clay pipes with transparent glaze. A lot of speculation about these pipes is given. Writers thought that it is Whieldon ware from England and should date from the eighteenth century. The finish is however characteristic for two workshops in Belgium: Félix Wingender from Chokier and Jean-Jacques Knoedgen in Brée. This technique of glazing was their specialty. The pipes became much more attractive, although with that finish also the p[rice went up considerably. After the first baking the pipes were glazed and thereafter placed on a stand went into the kiln for a second time. Then it was important that the temperature was well looked after, when to hot, the glaze dripped of the pipe, when cooling down to fast the shine would disappear.

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Museum in the Museum Times

15 September 2015

Museum in the Museum Times

The Museum Times is an informative blog on museums in and outside our country, written by an expat living in Amsterdam. The September issue featured an extensive article about the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. This happened after a visit of editor Elisabeth Joss, who was really enthusiastic about the house and its collections. Any publicity in such a special-interest online magazine is very important for our museum in order to reach those specific target groups.

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Congrats to Van Gogh

5 September 2015

Congrats to Van Gogh

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum congratulates – together with all other museums in town - the Van Gogh Museum with the opening of the newly built entrance building. All Amsterdam museums have offered Axel Rüger, director of the Van Gogh Museum, a sunflower with a personal message.

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Pipes in Amsterdam City Centre

4 September 2015

Pipes in Amsterdam City Centre

The Sint Antoniesbreestraat is one of the oldest streets in Amsterdam and is provided with a series of twenty-eight showcases at both sides of the street. During the months September to November an open-air-exhibition will be organized of nine Amsterdam museums with a specialized and interesting collection. The Amsterdam Pipe Museum takes part in this project, as initiated by a local NGO that works for the well-being of the inner city inhabitants. Our museum is represented by a series of photos of the museum and its collection. A short introduction will point pedestrians in the street to our special museum.

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Full newspaper page for the Amsterdam Pipe Museum

3 September 2015

Full newspaper page for the Amsterdam Pipe Museum

The publisher responsible for all the daily newspapers in the western part of the country printed a full-page article on the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. The exhibition on the pipes of Vincent van Gogh drew the attention, but there was enough space for an interview with Benedict Goes, a fine article on the museum collection and the archaeological research done by the curator. As always, the historic interiors of the canal house show very well in the photographs. We are curious to know if this publicity will attract more Dutch visitors the coming weeks.

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Amsterdam Pipe Museum presents unique exhibition

2 September 2015

Amsterdam Pipe Museum presents unique exhibition

Vincent’s passion for pipe smoking
One would think that all aspects of the work of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh have already been studied, but no one ever looked at the pipes he smoked. In the impressive collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum we discovered the pipes that match with seventeen of Vincent’s drawings and paintings. Among these there are six self portraits, in which we can see that Vincent, ardent smoker as he was, chooses other pipes in Holland than when living in France. A virtual exhibition on our website offers more background information, as well about his pipes as on his love for tobacco that he displays in his letters.
See: http://www.pipemuseum.nl/index.php… (only in Dutch)

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Vincent's passion for pipe smoking

1 September 2015

Vincent's passion for pipe smoking

With the exhibition Vincent's passion for pipe smoking, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum shows the pipes that Van Gogh so often paints in his portraits and still life’s. In his work at least six self-portraits with a pipe can be found, which shows how fond he was with his tobacco pipe.
The pipe in Vincent's time
The museum has tracked down sixteen portraits and still life’s by Vincent van Gogh. The rich collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum offers sufficient material to find matching pipes. Sometimes these are clay pipes, which were still in general use in the 1880s, later he uses the more modern cherry wood pipe, which was popular in France at the time. Vincent only smoked a briar pipe, the wooden pipe that is still common today, in his last years of life.
In the museum until you can see the real pipes of the paintings until 12 December 2015.
In addition there is an elaborate presentation on this subject on our website.

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Private work by Pierre Müller

19 August 2015

Private work by Pierre Müller

Pierre Müller is a Swiss jeweler by profession and pipe smoker by passion. For decades he was board member of various pipe smokers associations, as the Pipe Club de Suisse, for which he organized so many meetings. But Müller did more than that. In his leisure time he designed tobacco pipes and during his long life he built up quite a collection self-made pipes. He was able to get hold of the finest briar blocks and designed his pipes according the wood and its grain. Every single pipe he made as a artwork by design and finish, mostly sanded and polished by hand. His unique collection is now published in a privately printed book as a tribute to the passion of a pipe smoker for his smoking instrument.

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Pedigree research

18 July 2015

Pedigree research

The research into the pedigree of the objects in our collection, started Summer 2014, comes to an end this month. One of the last steps was the determination of a more specific period that owners had an object in their possession, which we succeeded with the help of personal contacts and in some cases literature research. This form of pedigree research, so rarely done when it comes to artifacts, proves quite successful. In many cases we were able to trace back the complete whereabouts of an object even from the manufacturer to the moment it entered into the museum collection. This also shows the conditions needed for an object to survive. You can discover yourself the successive changes of ownership by checking out our website. Be aware that for reasons of privacy, the ownership of the last ten years is not yet displayed on the site.

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Forty years public museum

18 June 2015

Forty years public museum

On 18 June 1975 the first permanent exhibition of our collection was opened on Frederiksplein in Amsterdam. This week we celebrate that our pipe collection is for forty years open as a public museum. Of course a lot has been changed in the mean time. From a small exhibition of a few hundreds of clay pipes the museum evolved into the current: a canal house with 2.000 representative objects, in clay, porcelain, meerschaum, briar and whatever more. Looking back we notice a continuation of the passion for collecting, as well as researching and publishing. Step by step our knowledge and understanding of historical smoking progressed.

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Tobacco as a colonial commodity

4 June 2015

Tobacco as a colonial commodity

The Noord-Brabants Museum in 's-Hertogenbosch opens an exhibition dedicated to the well-known colonial products: coffee, tea, tobacco and spices. The Amsterdam Pipe Museum sends in a series of loans to give content to the subject of tobacco. No less than 80 of our items will be exhibited and partly illustrated in the full-color catalogue. Our loans vary from pre-Columbian pipes to silver tobacco jars. A special object form our reserves is an intricate case of a pipe representative, that holds seven layers of drawers with twelve briar pipes each. It is the first time this case will be shown to the public.

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Pipe moulds

1 June 2015

Pipe moulds

Every spring our curator sets off for a two weeks journey, without leaving the premises. His goal: discovering moulds. This sounds odd, but it is his time dedicated to the unique collection of pipe moulds in the reserves of the museum. The majority was bought in the 1980’s from the bankrupt Goedewaagen pipe and ceramic factory. Immediately after being brought in, the collection of several thousands of tools have been studied, but not all of them were cleaned right away. This annual ritual enables us to discover more about the craft of pipe making, alongside with the photo sessions capturing all details. During the recent journey several unknown signatures were discovered, many mould are clean and presentable now. The results are shown on our website.

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From Newsletter to Facebook

25 May 2015

From Newsletter to Facebook

For many years the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, earlier known as Pijpenkabinet, produced an electronic Newsletter that was sent to all our relations. After issue number 20 of October 2013 we decided to discontinue these Newsletters. In the meantime, since January 2013, a Facebook account was created that holds news and other items regarding the museum, hopefully on a more regular basis. Please visit that page and like us. More important is that our homepage on www.pipemuseum.nl, offers since recently next to a box with news items also an archive with older news. That archive makes it possible to look back at our activities.

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Proud to announce ....

23 May 2015

Proud to announce ....

In the "Museums in Amsterdam" section, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum has reached 15th out of 65 museums.
For those who have not yet been, it is time for your visit to the Amsterdam Pipe Museum!

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Death anniversary Edward Bird

20 May 2015

Death anniversary Edward Bird

Today we commemorate the death anniversary of Edward Bird, a pipe maker of English origin who made Amsterdam well-known as a pipe making city. He managed a large workshop for clay pipes where he produced in huge quantities for export, especially to the New Netherlands. His pipes with EB heel mark are still being found worldwide. His elbow-shaped pipe was particularly popular among the native Americans. Bird died on 20 May 1665, today exactly 350 years ago. The inventory drawn on his death shows how vast his production was. In his storage house he had packed 400.000 pipes for export. His son Evert Bird was meant to continue the successful firm but he failed. Our curator Don Duco wrote an extensive article on the life and work of this important Amsterdam pipe maker, to be found on our old website www.pijpenkabinet.nl > § 19 complete list of publications (Amsterdam, 2002).

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Opium pipe in art centre

21 April 2015

Opium pipe in art centre

The Amsterdam gallery Castrvm Peregrini features the exhibition "Exclude / Include, Alternate Histories". This artistic presentation includes the story of life of artist Sean Hannan. One of the exhibits is a splendid engraved bone opium pipe from our collection, that illustrates the personal story of the artist. Visiting this exhibition you will experience how a personal history can shift according to the viewpoint. The exhibition runs until 12 June.

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Our real gold

15 April 2015

Our real gold

The Dutch Museum Association is organizing the Museumweek. Formerly only a weekend, now a full week the museums are extra attractive with special exhibits and programs. With the common slogan "Our real gold" every participating museum can exhibit its own show piece. The Amsterdam Pipe Museum displays a pipe related to Emperor Napoleon. It is a valuable gift from the emperor to his general who conquered North-Italy, including Venice. The very luxurious meerschaum pipe is covered with a gilded silver helmet, with the four horses of the San Marco on top. In the museum the full story of this posh pipe will be told during the Museumweek.

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Unseen results

10 April 2015

Unseen results

A regular asked question is: what do you do during a normal working week? The answer is different every time. This month, for instance, a huge task was completed, but invisible for any visitor. All primary photographs of our database were checked on color tone and uniformity in cutting. Since we are working on the digitation for so many years, the format of photofinishing slightly and unnoticed changed. By scanning the complete set of photos, the most extreme deviations could be improved. The result might be the same for the web visitor, but improvements are being made.

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The showroom of the Royal Goedewaagen

27 March 2015

The showroom of the Royal Goedewaagen

Research and writing on special subjects of the pipe history still goes on. This month curator Don Duco finished an article on the showroom of the Royal Goedewaagen, the leading pipe factory in Gouda during the nineteenth century. The article describes the showroom of the factory over the time and what that meant for the sales of the business in general. Also attention is paid to what finally happened with this unique factory collection and what is preserved nowadays. As other articles they are published on our website. However, for our website www.pipemuseum.nl we do not yet have the possibilities to publish this topic now. A little patience is needed.

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Pipes with a face

8 March 2015

Pipes with a face

This photo album assembles a series of twelve pipes acquired last year showing human portraits. These twelve portrait pipes are illustrative for the multitude of expressions in pipe design in the nineteenth century. They differ from general types of people such as the clay pipe of an American Indian and the man's head carved out of a tropical coquilla nut, pure fantasy. Although yet unidentified, the elegant woman carved in meerschaum must be made after a life model. Even more interesting are the recognizable persons, historic or contemporary. This year we were able to buy the Columbus pipe, so appropriate since he brought the first tobacco to Europe. The fine portrait of King William II of Orange was our Dutch king, while Prime-Minister Bismarck ruled Germany many years later. Cultural celebrities as Leonardo da Vinci, Goethe and the sculptor Thorvaldsen were painted in extremely fine miniatures on porcelain pipes. But even in non-European cultures the human face is used in pipe design. A fine example is the wooden portrait pipe of the Mangbetu in Congo, so strikingly imaging a contemporary person.

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Pipe smoking in the national press

2 February 2015

Pipe smoking in the national press

This weekend the Dutch daily newspaper De Telegraaf published a large article on pipe smoking: a double spread indicated the ins and outs of the tobacco pipe. Pipe smoking, the reader learns, is instead of a troublesome addiction a pleasant way of life. Pipe smokers enjoy their chosen moment of tranquility and aromatic savour. Besides several illustrations from our vast collections, the article is dominated by a huge portrait of pipe smoking Benedict Goes. In short, a positive impulse for a historic and present-day ritual.

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Second anniversary of the APM

1 February 2015

Second anniversary of the APM

Second anniversary of the APM
Today it is exactly two years ago that we changed the mane of the Pijpenkabinet into Amsterdam Pipe Museum. We gained a lot of publicity and increased the number of visitors by the new name, but the Dutch audience is not yet fully accustomed to the change. This proves how well-known and wide-spread the brand name Pijpenkabinet was.

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A loan to Antwerp

18 January 2015

A loan to Antwerp

Our extensive internet database makes our collection worldwide accessible. We do notice that in the daily stream of emails as a reaction on the database. Also museum colleagues check our website, as we experienced by a loan request form Antwerp. For the exhibition Holy Places, Holy Books the curator of the MAS found a tobacco box in our collection with a decoration of the sacrifice of Abraham. This beautiful carved box has been shown to thousands of visitors in Antwerp and returned home this week. We acquired this box for its artistic quality, for the known pedigree and even the known maker. All this didn’t count for this exhibition, it was shown just for the religious decoration.

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News about our outpost

11 January 2015

News about our outpost

The exhibition in the Open Air Museum Arnhem closes down today. In 2004 the Dutch Open Air Museum in Arnhem, the Netherlands created a wonderful smoking room exhibiting 200 special pipes from our collection. The setting was great with three comfortable Chesterfield sate, where you can watch a video of Don Duco passionately talking about the variety in smoking pipes. Ten thousands of visitors have seen this collector's cabinet in Arnhem in the past years. Despite the success the Open Air Museum decided to close down this pavilion on 11 January 2015, in order to create a new presentation - this time without pipes. Our pipes will return home to the museum in Amsterdam.

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A new result in digitation

8 January 2015

A new result in digitation

This month we have sent a press bulletin about a top achievement in our online database. Recently the 25.000th item was added on our web-database on www.pipemuseum.nl. This means that 80% of the collection is online and fully searchable. Certainly we will finish the last 20% in course of time, the last bit of a major project, being the archaeological collection. Finally, but not earlier than in two years, we will update the oldest photos giving these the standard gray background. Take a look at www.pipemuseum.nl.

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Best wishes for 2015

31 December 2014

Best wishes for 2015

Please receive herewith our best wishes for 2015 and hayy holyday season.

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Our ranking at Tripadvisor

20 December 2014

Our ranking at Tripadvisor

Earlier this year we started a page on Tripadvisor, the famous website for the travel community with millions of reviews. Among the must-sees in Amsterdam the Prinsengracht is already mentioned as nr. 4. Most remarkable is that the Amsterdam Pipe Museum has reached ranking nr. 17 within a year! The reviews of our visitors are so nice: surprising, fascinating, charming, hidden treasure... Read for yourself what other visitors experienced in our museum: http://www.tripadvisor.nl/Review-Amsterdam_Pipe_Museum-Amsterdam. Highly recommended!

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Link to IAmsterdam

6 December 2014

Link to IAmsterdam

In the atmospheric ambiance of a historic Amsterdam canal house, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum shows an overview of fashion and design in smoking pipes. The exhibition spans 2500 years, with exciting objects from five continents. For more information, visit IAMSTERDAM.COM

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Pipe smoking course

19 November 2014

Pipe smoking course

With the bustle during the last MuseumN8, it was of course not possible to offer visitors - in addition to a look at the varied pipe collection - the experience of pipe smoking. That will change. Over the next two months, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum will organize the "pipe smoking course" several times. In one evening, some intricacies of pipe smoking are explained, which are immediately put into practice. Register at info@pipemuseum.nl for one of the following evenings: November 19, November 27, December 3, 2014. Costs € 25 (student card € 20) including tobacco and drinks.

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Fifteen years back

13 November 2014

Fifteen years back

Only four years after our move from Leiden to Amsterdam, on 13 November 1999, our museum received the Artifex award. This annual award is given to a museum or other cultural institution that has special merits in cultural tourism. The Amsterdam Pijpenkabinet museum got this award for its initiative of making a private collection into a museum. In particular the personal tours were appreciated by the jury: each visitor gets a personalized tour through the 'house of the collector'. Exactly fifteen years after the award ceremony, the museum still functions in the same way, although the numbers of visitors have increased considerably. One factor for this success is the name change into the more international Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

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Museum night a big success

6 November 2014

Museum night a big success

More than 500 people visited the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, a considerable number for one evening considering the limited space of the canal house. Of course, it was announced that fumed beer could be tasted, but there was also plenty of serious interest in the beautiful historic house and the special collection. Amsterdam Pipe Museum participated for the first time this year, but it certainly will not be the last. AT5-television made a nice report of no less than 18 minutes. Look at http://www.at5.nl/tv/at5-specials/aflever/16317 - at Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

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Next Saturday is Museum Night.

28 October 2014

Next Saturday is Museum Night.

During this Museum Night the Amsterdam Pipe Museum offers as a special program the Cuisine Tabac: drinks and food with tobacco taste. We start the evening with coffee and tobacco liquor cake. You can also pop in on Prinsengracht when we serve the authentic smoke beer.

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Publication on smoking

25 October 2014

Publication on smoking

Recently a new study on smoking was published, edited as a simple paperback. Author Friso Schotanus titled his work "The best cigarette for your health", with as subtitle "How Smoking conquered the world." In his discovery through the history Schotanus tells the story of the cigarette, doing this in a special way. As a modern journalist and experienced author, he manages to make a fluent discourse, almost unnoticed supported by its sources. By using appropriate quotes he presents the topic powerfully, at the same time easy to read due to his journalistic skills. A must for readers that like to combine the quiet satisfaction of the pipe with the hectic history of the addictive cigarette smoking. For more information about the content read the review.

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Antique tobacco wrappers

18 October 2014

Antique tobacco wrappers

A special field of collecting of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is old tobacco wrappers. In this section we show some highlights of tobacco wrappers as were in use during the eighteenth and nineteenth century in the Low Countries. The earliest examples were simple illustrations, often related to the stone emblems in the gables of Dutch houses. They were printed by means of a simple woodcut. During the eighteenth century these wrappers became more detailed and were executed as engravings. More text was added to advertise the dealer. Of course, this all was meant as publicity for the merchant to hold the clientele.

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45 years of pipe research

1 October 2014

45 years of pipe research

Today it is exactly 45 years ago that along the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam a large cesspit was opened in which several thousands of clay tobacco pipes were found. The excavated pipes came from a tobacco inn dating between 1630 and 1640. The find was the start of the research on the Dutch clay tobacco pipe that finally resulted in what is now known as the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. A jubilee for the museum but also for Don Duco, the founder of the museum. His endeavor for 45 years made the Amsterdam Pipe Museum to what it is today. The social and historic significance of the tobacco pipe were the reason that the years passed by quickly, bringing a remarkable result in a vast series of publications and a fine museum collection.

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Invisible acquisition

30 September 2014

Invisible acquisition

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum is permanently improving the quality of its collections. Some purchases are invisible for the visitors, because they are no enlargements of the collection but just an improvement of quality. This is the case with the impressive figural pipe bowl known as 'Le Grec', the Greek, with a mask at the bottom of the pipe bowl. For years we had this pipe in the collection, although with a chipped nose, which is not according to our quality standards. This week we acquired the same pipe in perfect condition from a Belgium collector. It is a nice example how quality in a collection can improve, a change only visible for the most critical visitor.

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Pedigree research

20 September 2014

Pedigree research

This Summer time intervals between appointments and visitors were used for a new research project on the original owners of our museum objects. For museums the so-called pedigree, the previous owner(s) of items, are considered more and more important. This information tells another history of the objects that can lead to a better determination and a sharper dating. In our registration, that started in 1969, the information on the owner before the person who brought the item in was already noted. Where possible we traced previous owners. This research brought up interesting new information, from some items in our collection we were even able to reconstruct the pedigree from the moment of creation, over several generations, up to the present. The final step is bringing this information on the internet. This adaptation will be ready by the end of the year. Result will be that the collection database will have grown with thousands of text lines illustrating the ownership over several generations.

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Amsterdam Pipe Museum on the radio

22 August 2014

Amsterdam Pipe Museum on the radio

Friday afternoon RTV-Noord-Holland, a provincial radio station, sent a reporter for an interview with the head tour guide Benedict Goes. People in the province got a short but fine impression how interesting a visit to this museum can be. In any case, the reporter was enthusiastic. We await the crowds coming in ...

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Pipe Museum in local newspaper

19 August 2014

Pipe Museum in local newspaper

Het Parool, the local newspaper features a new item this summer with a series entitled "Tourist in your own city". The reporter visits a spot, concert or museum every day as a tourist. Today he reports on his visit to the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. One wonders which part of his visit he liked the most, since he was obviously impressed by the canal house as well as the collection. The personal tour was also a surprise to him. Hopefully this clipping will encourage more local Amsterdam people to visit our museum.

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Another digitation result

24 July 2014

Another digitation result

On-going work on the digitation of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum collection resulted this week in a new milestone. We reached the number of 115.000 unique photographs. Already at the beginning of the photo sessions, we concluded that one photo per object was enough to present the item, but was insufficient to inform users about the physical appearance of the item. So, next to both sides of the object, also details were photographed to be included in the database. In the meantime we have an average of four photo's per item on the website. It still is a miracle that the internet can provide all this information in a split second wherever in the world. With the number of over 115.000 photos the database of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum ranks among the major museums in the Netherlands.

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Russian ceramic

18 July 2014

Russian ceramic

Besides cultural tourists to the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, many visitors are persons with a specific interest or even passion. Today we had a visitor from Moscow who proved to be a ceramist. After his visit and a nice chat, he donated one of his pipes to the museum. Not an average tobacco pipe but an alternative ceramic pipe for smoking cannabis. This pipe is truly remarkable for its metallic shining glaze like copper and unique surface treatment imitating hammered metal. The simple design of the pipe is very useful: a hole at one end is a comfortable mouthpiece to place against your lips, a hole at the far end enables to regulate the air influx and the wide tube in between functions for good cooling. We are happy with this one-of-a-kind addition.

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Pre-announcement participation Museum Night

16 June 2014

Pre-announcement participation Museum Night

This year the Amsterdam Pipe Museum will participate in the Amsterdam Museum Night (N8). Our museum cannot be missed in this extremely popular event with an annual visitor’s number of over 30,000. So, the first of November we will be open from 7 PM to 2 AM at night. As chosen guest location we will get extra media coverage. The program for this night is not yet fixed and will be announced later. In the meantime: block the date 1 November 2014.

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Curators to visit Amsterdam Pipe Museum

3 June 2014

Curators to visit Amsterdam Pipe Museum

Today five curators of the Amsterdam Museum made a visit to our museum. During coffee we talked about our presentation and they were genuinely impressed by the richness of our collection and the elaborate documentation we keep on our objects. Of course we discussed the possibilities for co-operation in future, both in exhibitions and collection management. We keep you posted on future results.

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Acquisition in meerschaum

17 May 2014

Acquisition in meerschaum

The collections of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum are expanding step by step. This week an elderly couple donated the museum a splendid tobacco pipe that was in their family for two generations. This meerschaum pipe is finely carved with a human skull hold by a hand. The work is done by a skilled and artistic workman, showing the finest details, which makes the pipe worthy to our museum collection. We are very grateful to the donators for their contribution. Do you have a pipe yourself, as beautiful or not? Take in consideration to leave it to our museum to have it preserved for future generations.

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Antique shisha lounge

9 May 2014

Antique shisha lounge

The print collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is rich in all sorts of smokers from foreign countries. In this album we selected smokers who enjoy a water pipe, hookah, shisha or what they wish to call it. The shisha is now very popular in Amsterdam as in many other west-European countries, but is in fact intended to smoke in warmer climates. Apart from Turkey, Egypt and the Middle-East the water pipe is also loved by smokers in various countries in Africa.

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Our outpost in Arnhem

5 May 2014

Our outpost in Arnhem

Ever since 2004 the Amsterdam Pipe Museum has a permanent exhibition in the Dutch Open Air Museum in Arnhem, we could even call it our annex or outpost. It is a special exhibit with its own atmosphere. It shows a worldwide overview of tobacco pipes in the unexpected ambiance of a post-modern gentlemen’s room. Visitors with some time can sit down in a comfortable Chesterfield sofa and watch a video on a 1950’s television set. Our curator tells why he has chosen these particular objects from the museum’s rich collection for this special exhibition. The presentation "Spaarstation Dingenliefde" (Tram station ‘Love for Objects’) will be on view in Arnhem for the coming years. If you have seen it, please let us know!

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New book on tobacco boxes

25 April 2014

New book on tobacco boxes

Recently a new book was published in a limited edition on Dutch tobacco boxes with biblical decorations. The author, Renger Knibbe, collected these kind of boxes for years and has analysed the engravings on these typical Dutch tobacco boxes. Doing so he produced a catalogue of his collection, organized along the order of the Bible text. In some cases he even found the prints that have been used as an example for the engraving on the box. The publication is written and produced with great care and accuracy, both in the colour pictures and the descriptions and background. The book is available in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

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Exhibition dedicated to flowers on tobacco pipes

26 March 2014

Exhibition dedicated to flowers on tobacco pipes

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum organizes a small exhibition dedicated to flowers and bouquets on tobacco pipes, entitled "Painted Flowers". The porcelain pipe bowl or Stummel is meant for a painting and although you would not expect such a thing in a man's item like a pipe, the painting of flowers was apparently very popular in the 19th century. The German porcelain painters created real works of art on a small scale. The exhibition starts today and last until 31st May 2014.

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Article about a special pipe brand

19 March 2014

Article about a special pipe brand

An English journalist once wrote "Ropp is champion" when he described the successful French pipe factory called Ropp. Founded in Bussang in the French Vosges, this company developed from a local pipe workshop into a real factory for serial production. Initially, pipes were made in cherry wood (Weichsel), later also in briar. In his recently written article, Don Duco follows the history of this remarkable firm. How this company grew from simple fruit wood pipes to an immense tobacco pipe manufactory with a  wider assortment. They quickly became a major competitor to brands in the pipe city of Saint-Claude. Eventually, under pressure of the general downturn in the pipe industry, the company moved to Saint-Claude where it was later incorporated into an existing pipe factory. The famous Ropp brand gradually died a silent death, although the fame of this factory still lives on.

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Review museum visit

8 March 2014

Review museum visit

More and more visitors write a review on our Tripadvisor page to let others know how enthusiastic they are about our collection and the personal explanation by our guide. Some people make an extra effort, such as Mikael Brockman, a Swedish student in the Netherlands who makes his own blog. He wrote a special page on his visit to the Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

Have a look at: http://blog.goula.sh/post/77581339099/museum-2-amsterdam-pipe-museum

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Continuing digitizing

27 February 2014

Continuing digitizing

The winter period is a good time for digitizing. With fewer visitors we can work on the photography, digital photo correction, uploading and text review of the database. This month we worked on the English clay pipes, mostly the modern pipes made by Pollock & Co and the workshop of Eric Ayto. Although we bought these pipes 'brand-new' from the factory between 1950 and 1980, these are now already sort of antiquities, only to be found in a curiosity shop. With these acquisitions at the original source, the origin and dating is for 100% sure and registered. These pipes are never on view in the museum, but who knows what we'll do in 50 years. For the time being this is only study material, now available for everybody through our database.
The English pipe industry, once a major industry in the UK, died out in the twentieth century without a trace. Pollock from Manchester is the last industrial manufacturer, for the rest a few private workshops produced a marginal selection on a non-commercial base. Only from the workshop of Eric Ayto some documentation exists due to our own photo coverage.

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Archaeological talks

17 February 2014

Archaeological talks

The Dutch Society for Amateur Archeologists (AWN) organized an annual study and exchange day in the archaeological repository of the city of Gorcum. The theme was ceramic, including clay pipes. Benedict Goes was invited as a speaker and explained the audience of some sixty people how a clay pipe was made. During the afternoon he gave a workshop in identifying pipe finds, by looking into the details of the finished product and by use of the current literature.

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Group visit

14 February 2014

Group visit

For groups the Amsterdam Pipe Museum serves a special welcome coffee. While seated comfortably in the middle of the exhibition, our guide gives an explanation on the smoking customs around the world, highlighting some of the items from our unique collection.

This week we had two very different groups: twelve house wives from Badhoevedorp, a village just outside Amsterdam, who showed a special interest in the luxury smoking implements of the nineteenth century pipe smoker. The second group was a mix of people from different countries seeking asylum in the Netherlands. Every one of them searched for the pipes from their own country such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Soudan, etc. For some of them this was the first encounter with the traditional smoking habits from their country.

Interested in having your own guided tour with a group? Contact the museum (Benedict Goes - 020-4211779).

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Hooray, our first anniversary

1 February 2014

Hooray, our first anniversary

Today we celebrate the first anniversary of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, that is to say, the renaming of the existing Pijpenkabinet into Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Although some people have to accustom, the new name is taken very positively, not only by the marketing experts, but especially by our main audience: the foreign cultural tourist.

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Acquisition ‘Uncle Paul’

27 January 2014

Acquisition ‘Uncle Paul’

The so-called Uncle Paul pipe in a rustic finish is the first acquisition in 2014. It was a gift from an American ex-smoker who wanted to complement our collection. Uncle Paul is a specific shape with a wide cylindrical bowl connected to a strongly bent stem, practically going upright along the bowl and again a strong bent towards the mouthpiece. This shape was popular in the time around 1900, the name refers to Paul Krüger the president of South-Africa at that time.
This gift however is not a briar pipe as was to be expected, but a pipe in block meerschaum. In the late 1970's when this pipe was produced it was a highly fashionable pipe with its rustic, raw surface. The dark black coloring makes the pipe unrecognizable as a meerschaum pipe. Finally, the mother-of-pearl effect in the acrylic stem is a fashion of the time. With these specific features this pipe is a fine addition to the collection, registered under number APM 21.925.
Should you have some tobacco pipes, hidden in a cabinet or in the attic, even if they are not really old, bring them to our museum. It could very well be a welcome addition to our collection of the twentieth century smoking history.

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A gift from a colleague

25 January 2014

A gift from a colleague

The former director of Museum Flehite in the Dutch city of Amersfoort donated to the Amsterdam Pipe Museum a series of paper cigar bags which he got from his father. Special about all these paper bags is that they were all issued by the same cigar shop in The Hague in the 1910’s to 1930’s. The paper bags are printed with the name and address of the tobacconist shop on one side and with different images on the reverse, mostly a rebus.
Before World War II cigar smokers bought their cigars mostly in small numbers, just one to three at the time. The cigars were put into a simple paper bag for transport home. The printing of the bags was the advertisement for the shop. In order to prevent that the paper bag was thrown away straight away after use, the shop keepers sought for an additional print to make the bag more useful. This could be the time table of the local tram or bus, or even a rebus that kept the children busy for quite some time. In this way the name and address of the tobacconist stayed in the house for days. In this case the paper bags from The Hague survived even two generations! By searching the internet the colleague from Amersfoort found out that the Amsterdam Pipe Museum has a fine collection of these kind of paper cigar bags. This inspired him to make the donation. His well-preserved bags will stay in our collection for the next generations. Any one following his example?

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The Changing of the Guard

18 January 2014

The Changing of the Guard

After a successful year Patricia Olsthoorn leaves us as a museum director. Her position in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum made her eligible for a new, and better paid job in the staff of the Amsterdam Riding School (Hollandsche Manege). Also in her new position she will be responsible for publicity and public relations. During the time with us she made the Amsterdam Pipe Museum better known and enhanced the visitors numbers considerably. Her tasks as director will be taken over by Benedict Goes, who seized his career in monument conservation allowing him more time for the Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

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Season’s greetings

28 December 2013

Season’s greetings

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum wishes all her relations a blessed 2014!
Patricia Olsthoorn, Benedict Goes & Don Duco

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Tabacology, a newly attributed section within the collection

11 December 2013

Tabacology, a newly attributed section within the collection

The online database of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is still in development. Last week we set apart a new sub-collection of accessories for the pipe smoker, entitled ‘tabacology’. This group consist of 650 tobacco related objects or in other words tobacco paraphernalia. These are the accessories a pipe smoker uses during the act of smoking, apart from his pipe, such as tobacco boxes, pipe tools, pipe cases, stands, braziers and more.

Up to recently these objects were labelled as varia objects, which made that they got more or less lost in the larger group of curiosity such as pipe clay figurines and other off products of the pipe industry and memorabilia. With the new selection of tabacology you can easily admire the beauty of the objects surrounding the smoker. This link gives you direct access.

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Back in time

28 November 2013

Back in time

Today we got the impression of being in a time machine, receiving a group of Russian Cossacks. As part of the commemoration of 200 years of the Kingdom of the Netherlands these Russian men and women took part in the re-enactment of the historic field battle of 1814 that chased off the French army of Napoleon. The Cossacks played an important role at that time, eventually not ending up in our history books. The Russian Cossacks escorted King William I in 1815 at his entry in Amsterdam, a city not at all as royalist as The Hague. A group of Cossacks in their early nineteenth century uniforms made a visit to the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, where we could inform them on the smoking habits and specific pipes popular at the time. With a pipe we selected for each of them, fitting to their rank and position, they posed for the photo. And finally it was time for a little smoke.

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Addition to the collection pipe reamers

30 October 2013

Addition to the collection pipe reamers

Mr. W.F. den Herder was a well-known collector of antiques in the city of Goes in the south-western corner of the Netherlands (Zeeland). After he died his collections were sold in auction where we could acquire no less than thirty silver pipe cleaners. The collector from Zeeland was a pharmacist in Goes with a special interest in tobacco, a stimulant that was sold centuries ago as a medicine. In total he had some fifty silver pipe reamers, which used to be a typical Dutch accessories for pipe smokers. With this acquisition the collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum was put onto a high level as towards silver pipe tools. One of the more special ones acquired is the dog in his doghouse, a late eighteenth century political symbol.

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Newsletter

20 October 2013

Newsletter

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum issued number 20 of our Newsletter, the newest in a long row half yearly news from the museum. This issue is dedicated to the modern tobacco pipe and to pipe smoking. We choose this theme because of the change of name of our shop, from Smokiana Pipeshop to Amsterdam Pipe Shop. This new name is more to the point and indicates clearly the relation between museum and shop.

Apart from the name, the assortment also changed a bit. We already had a wide choice of pipes, which we extended with modern briars from France, England, Ireland, Germany and Italy. The total number of pipes in our assortment has now grown to 2,500, a unique assortment in the Benelux and probably beyond. For the regular smoker we added various classic pipes, but also more luxurious, handmade pipes of Italian design for the more discerning smoker who can value a fine grain, an exclusive design and the ultimate finish. Hopefully the extension of our assortment will be a good reason for the pipe smoker to visit Amsterdam Pipe Shop again.

Read our Newsletter on: http://www.pijpenkabinet.eng/ and click Newsletter 20 in the upper left corner.

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A bizarre Blackmoor

15 October 2013

A bizarre Blackmoor

The illustrated pipe has been added to the collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum earlier this month. It is a large advertising pipe or ‘pipe d’étalage’ with a height of over 20 centimeter made by Félix Wingender pipe works in Chokier near Liège. Next to the extreme size it is a rarity because this piece is the one and only example known, both in collections and in literature. The curator knew this pipe for over thirty years in a private collection, and finally we were able to acquire this rare object.

Despite its rarity this advertising pipe is not the most beautiful one and certainly not the most artistic. Both the modeling and painting are quite course in to bright colors. We found out that the shaping of this pipe is different from what was initially intended. For several years our museum documentation has already hold the original designs for this particular pipe. The designs, both full face and silhouette, show that the pipe was meant to be more refined. It is quite a chance that the drawings and the actual pipe did come together after so many years.

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Porcelain pipe bowls

12 October 2013

Porcelain pipe bowls

The oval porcelain pipe bowl or Stummel as it is called in Germany has been produced throughout the nineteenth century by almost every porcelain factory in Germany. Smokers admired these pipes because of their attractive painting. The quality of the paint work, displaying all sorts of subjects, runs from crude and simple mass produced flowers to the most delicate miniature painting finished with a one hair paint brush.

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Merits from Saint-Claude

10 October 2013

Merits from Saint-Claude

In the showcase behind the shop we made a small exhibition of modern tobacco pipes, entitled “Merits from Saint-Claude”. The selected pipes are fine examples of design in briar pipes, made in the capital of Briars: Saint-Claude in the French Jura. We acquired all pipes recently on the spot to complement the museum collection. In this way we keep our collections up-to-date.

Sebastien Beaud is a pipe maker who owns a small workshops and is represented with a pipe with facet-bowl inspired by cubism. The Butz-Chouin factory made an original pipe, related to the artist René Magritte. The pipe is sold as three separate parts in a tin with a printed label stating "Ceci est une pipe". The pipe bowl is shaped like the famous bowler hat of the Belgian artist, especially when closed off with a lid that forms the rim of the hat.

The Chacom firm is currently the leading pipe producer in Saint-Claude. The young director, Antoine Grenard, is trained as a designer and has daring ideas. One of the follies he made is a so-called ‘grolle’, a pipe with four stems, referring to the liquor glass with four sprouts that is popular during the annual market to taste the new eau-de vie. Other pipes from his firm are more serious pipes, with new shapes and a new finishing, such as the pipe covered in fine Thai wickerwork. This changes the appearance of the pipe completely, covering up the wooden structure.

The mini-expo is open to the public on all opening hours: Wednesday through Saturday noon to 6 PM.

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Finally the street pavement is renewed

29 September 2013

Finally the street pavement is renewed

After eighteen months of building nuisance, partly blocked from the world by high fences, on the 27th of September the Prinsengracht is finally accessible again. The work executed was a major operation: the quay walls of the 17th century canal had to be renewed, including the foundations on 18 meter long concrete poles. In the meantime the water sewage, the gas and electricity network, it was all renewed. No wonder that we were stuck behind the building fences, inaccessible for motorized traffic, but also for bicycles and sometimes even for pedestrians. For weeks we could reach the museum only on a small temporary path made in the sand bank. Happily, on 27 September the fences were taken down and the new brick pavement of the street and sidewalks are open for all traffic. We are accessible again for our visitors and customers.

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Snuff rasps in wood and ivory

7 September 2013

Snuff rasps in wood and ivory

The snuff rasp was used to pulverize a tobacco carrot into freshly grained snuff tobacco. These objects are often finely carved and decorated in order to impress relatives and friends who were offered a fresh snuff. Wooden and ivory rasps are the most common, although still a rare item nowadays.

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Unique article on Napoleon tobacco pipes

28 August 2013

Unique article on Napoleon tobacco pipes

Curator Don Duco recently finished an article with the title: Napoleon tobacco pipes: political statement or fashion item? It is an homage to the French collector Daniel Mazaleyrat. Acquisitions from his famous collection of figural clay tobacco pipes made it possible to present a fresh view on the French politically engaged tobacco pipes. All portrait pipes of Emperor Napoleon I and his grandson Napoleon III appear in chronological order. Duco researches why these pipes were produced and for which target group. In doing so the article connects the production and consumption side of this typical nineteenth century utensil.

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Cigar bags on our website

25 July 2013

Cigar bags on our website

A paper cigar bag might seem a trivial object, and indeed most of them are disposed regardless after bringing home one or a few cigars from the local shop. Nevertheless, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum has several hundreds of these nineteenth century paper wrappers in the collections. They are now included in the online database. Visitors with a topographical interest, genealogists and regional historians can retrieve them online by searching www.pipemuseum.nl.

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Additions to the study collection

15 July 2013

Additions to the study collection

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum was able to add a few new items to the extensive reference collection. We bought ten clay pipes made by the firm P. Goedewaagen & Sons in Gouda that were still missing in our collection. They represent the most luxurious finish at the time (1930’s) that was too expensive for most smokers: a white glaze all around the pipe bowl.

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Exquisite wind caps on the pipe bowl

24 June 2013

Exquisite wind caps on the pipe bowl

This album shows a selection of silver and silver gilded pipe covers that display how much the pipe smoker cares for his favorite pipe. The silver was casted, sawn, chiseled and sometimes gilded to get the ultimate result. In one of the examples even an antique cameo is inserted, surrounded by diamonds for the impressive effect.

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Portrait pipes by French pipe makers

21 June 2013

Portrait pipes by French pipe makers

The French figural pipe is a phenomenon in sculpture. During the nineteenth century a number of large pipe manufacturers produced the most amazing portrait pipes of contemporary persons, general characters and fantasy busts. The Amsterdam Pipe Museum possesses an impressive collection of these pipes of which a selection in this album on the facebook page of our museum on 21 June 2013..

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Exhibition 'Long Live the King' extended

13 June 2013

Exhibition 'Long Live the King' extended

The exhibition 'Long Live the King' (Lang Leve Oranje! in Dutch) that runs until 15 June has been extended up to 15 August 2013. Guided tours are still being offered for free. For possibilities to combine a tour with a high tea or group visits, please contact the museum (Benedict Goes 020-4211 779).

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New press moulds on the web

17 May 2013

New press moulds on the web

Last two weeks we cleaned sixty brass pipe mould from the former Royal Goedewaagen Pipe Works. Oxidation, particularly on the iron closing pins and some brass oxide on the remains of pipe clay was removed. Now the moulds have their original shiny appearance, they moved to the photo studio for being recorded extensively. Want to see them? The pipe moulds are now included in the online database at www.pipemuseum.nl, together with the other hundred that were already online.

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Twenty thousand objects online

14 May 2013

Twenty thousand objects online

Earlier this month we informed the press that our online database has reached a new summit. Our 20.000th object has been included in the database. This means that we have realized 2/3 of our gigantic digitizing project. We look forward to the next part. Have a look for yourself at www.pipemuseum.nl for the complete virtual collection.

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Chinese pipe bowls for the opium pipe

24 April 2013

Chinese pipe bowls for the opium pipe

The opium damper is the name for the hollow bowl on top of an opium pipe, normally made out of Chinese ceramic. Most often two colours of stoneware clay are being used: the bowl in one colour, in which a decoration is engraved, filled in with contrasting clay colour. More rare are the glazed porcelain bowls of which our museum has some fine examples. See in this album how attractive the different shades of glaze colours can be.

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Curator on LinkedIn

19 April 2013

Curator on LinkedIn

Following the board members and staff of the museum, finally our curator Don Duco has his LinkedIn account. His name is well known and should be retrievable. Hopefully this account will produce extra publicity for the museum or at least for the research in pipe history in which field our curator has done so much work for so many years.

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Japanese smoking cabinet

15 April 2013

Japanese smoking cabinet

The ethnographic collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum has been enriched this week by a fine wooden cabinet that has been used in Japan while smoking a kiseru. The square box contains a metal brazier and ash tray on the top. Smokers, both the owner and his guests, could light their small pipes with the coals from the brazier and after one or two puffs empty the pipe by hitting the ash tray. In the front there are three small drawers for tobacco and other implements. In the front edge a dedicated inclination is made in order to hold the pipe of the owner.

Special about this small cabinet is the exclusive marquetry with various kinds of exquisite woods, sawn in an intricate pattern in a way only the Japanese can invent. The smooth polish, combined with the delicate bronze is fit for a welcoming Japanese smoker who likes to impress his guests. Hidden in the design, is a bronze handle at the top that enables the user to bring in the cabinet in an elegant way.

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Congratulations Rijksmuseum

9 April 2013

Congratulations Rijksmuseum

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum congratulates the Rijksmuseum with the grand opening after the long renovation. The Rijksmuseum is just on walking distance and in fact less than 500 meters away, so the nearest museum to ours. Our director has congratulated the general director of the Rijksmuseum, Wim Pijbes, in a personal letter.

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Exhibition Orange Pipes

3 April 2013

Exhibition Orange Pipes

Following the festivities of the inauguration of Prince Willem Alexander as King of the Netherlands, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum organizes an exhibition on two centuries of the family of Orange in pipes entitled 'Long live the King, 200 years Kingdom, Orange and pipes'. We show commemorative pipes related to marriage, birth and coronation in the Royal Family. These pipes show both the development of pipe design and the public support for our royals.

Some special items are safeguarded by the museum, such as a letter from 1826 by a proud Gouda pipe maker, who offered King Willem I a box of special designed clay pipes. Queen Wilhelmina signed a silk bound guestbook when she visited the Goedewaagen Pipe Works in 1897, which is on view. A moving object is a briar pipe, carved by a member of the Dutch resistance with the portrait of Queen Wilhelmina. More recent is the favorite pipe of Prince Bernhard that he offered to the pipe museum. His family crest of Lippe-Bisterfeld is engraved on the silver ring around the pipe stem. Most precious object from the exhibition is the silver cigarette case that the Prince was once offered by the Sultan of Lankat on Sumatra. In very fine enamel a portrait of the Indonesian sultan decorates the cover of this fine case.

The exhibition 'Long Live the King' can be seen from 3 April to 15 June 2013. Free guided tours.

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Wonderful pipes from Africa

29 March 2013

Wonderful pipes from Africa

Some fine and unexpected tobacco pipes from Congo and other countries, made out of wood, stone or bronze. Every tribe displays its own design. Notice the contrast between the square shape of a wooden pipe and the original tusk pipe or rhinoceros pipe from the Bokote. The stone pipe of the Mayombe is again completely different from the carved portrait pipe from the Luba. In South-Africa wood is preferred, sometimes in unusual designs. For the full photo album about these tobacco pipes, see the facebook page of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum of 29 March 2013. 

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Pipe auction at Drouot

23 March 2013

Pipe auction at Drouot

Wednesday 20 March 2013 the public sale of the Mazaleyrat collection took place at Drouot auction house in Paris. Daniel Mazaleyrat was a French collector for over 40 years, focusing on figural pipes, both in clay and porcelain. The Amsterdam Pipe Museum was present and was able to acquire a fine selection. Among them the famous factories Gambier, Fiolet and Duméril, but also several unknown makers, such as the illustrated judge. In due time all acquisitions will be presented on our website www.pipemuseum.nl.

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African ceramic pipes

7 March 2013

African ceramic pipes

Ceramic is the ideal material for making a smoking pipe. Easy to shape and inflammable. As in Europe, the African tribes are aware of the quality of a ceramic pipe. This selection shows some examples out of red baking clay, sometimes decorated with a contrasting slib, others being black backed. Every tribe has its own symbols and designs. Enjoy some of the representative examples from the collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. For the full photo album, see the facebook page of APM of 7 March 2013. 

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Meerschaum pipes

28 February 2013

Meerschaum pipes

Today a selection from our carved meerschaum pipes. The earlier examples have the characteristic high Hungarian bowl with carved decoration. The design gets more imaginative after 1850 with a number of portrait pipes. Many of these are meant for smoking cheroots, small cigars. The absorbing quality of the meerschaum makes that even the end of a cigar still tastes well, since all nicotine and tar is taken by the material.

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Registered museum

26 February 2013

Registered museum

The Amsterdam Pipe Museum formerly Pijpenkabinet has met the standards of the international ICOM-definition for over 30 years. In February 2013 the museum was assessed by the Dutch Museum Register. The status of Registered Museum introduced in 2006 was reassigned.

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Porcelain pipes with figural decorations

22 February 2013

Porcelain pipes with figural decorations

Porcelain is an alternative material for tobacco pipes since the early 18th century. At first these figural pipe bowls were made in small numbers as exclusive objects. From 1800 onward the oval bowl, called "Stummel" or Dutch shape, comes into fashion, the decoration focusing on the painting. From then on the figural pipe is only produced as curiosity. After 1860 the porcelain pipes becomes a mass produced item, lacking any quality. It is the time for Kitsch in figural bowls as well as Stummels. For the full photo album about figural porcelain tobacco pipes, see the facebook page of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum of 22 February 2013. 

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The clay pipe as archaeological find

9 February 2013

The clay pipe as archaeological find

A small selection of clay pipes comes from archaeological digs. While most of the Gouda clay pipes were plain and undecorated, some of them have a detailed embossed decoration resulting from the engraving of the brass pipe mould. The eighteenth century also brings the first figural pipe bowls. It will however last till the nineteenth century before the figural pipe bowls become popular and the embossed decorations disappear.

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Colleague visits us

8 February 2013

Colleague visits us

On 8 February 2013 the director and staff received Sigrid Ivo, director of the Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam. This proved to be an inspiring visit since both museums share the same experience, both in the collector circles as in the museum world.

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Pre-Columbian smoking pipes

5 February 2013

Pre-Columbian smoking pipes

A selection of the rich collection of tobacco pipes from pre-Columbian cultures. In Meso-America most pipes were made in ceramic. Clay is easy to form, the baking techniques were well-developed and the result is fire resisting. The use of slip resulted in a contrasting color. Rare pieces however are carved out of stone, such as the unique penis pipe from the Jalisco culture. For the full photo album see the facebook page of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum of 5 February 2013.

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From Pijpenkabinet to Amsterdam Pipe Museum

1 February 2013

From Pijpenkabinet to Amsterdam Pipe Museum

Museum Pijpenkabinet has changed its name. The future name will be in English and more international: Amsterdam Pipe Museum. The additional pay-off says: the worldwide culture of smoking.

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First acquisition in 2013

31 January 2013

First acquisition in 2013

The defeat of Napoleon and the dramatic retreat of his troops from Russia inspired many artists. Even for pipe designs the topic Napoleon was inspirational for many decades. This acquisition, bought in an antique shop in Prague, is a fine example of Napoleana. This first acquisition of the year 2013 was inscribed as collection number APM. 21.400.

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Plaster designs of the Royal Goedewaagen

18 January 2013

Plaster designs of the Royal Goedewaagen

The Pijpenkabinet pays much attention to digitizing the collection. This week a new group was published on-line, a part of the collection that draws little public attention: plaster designs for pipes made in the 20th century. These proof copies of pipe bowls are made out of plaster of Paris and were used in the pipe industry to cast the plaster pipe moulds. In fact they are the original design for that particular pipe shape.

The Pijpenkabinet has taken over many of these pipe designs when the historical material from the Royal Goedewaagen Pipe Works was transferred to our museum. They have historical importance, since these life-size designs bear the original mould numbers. Besides it is possible to date the design by its original cast. The complete collection of plaster pipe designs can be seen on www.pipemuseum.nl.

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New director

4 January 2013

New director

On January 1st 2013 Patricia Olsthoorn will be appointed director of the Pijpenkabinet. She started already in the Fall of 2012 as a volunteer in preparing her job with a marketing survey for the museum. She will work on the museum's external presentation. Patricia has a long standing experience in the museum profession. She has worked at the Hague Historical Museum and Gouda Museum as curator of the collections and on special projects. Over the last years she followed a study in cultural entrepreneurship at Erasmus University Rotterdam. With her wide experience and marketing focus she will give our specialized museum a public friendly image.

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New Director Pijpenkabinet

27 December 2012

New Director Pijpenkabinet

Patricia Olsthoorn (1975) is the new director of the Pijpenkabinet museum. She has been recruited to give a boost to the professionalization of the Amsterdam museum and to increase the its visibility . Olsthoorn about her appointment: "I think it is a challenge to bring this specialist and worldwide collection back to the public's attention. The museum wants to improve its national and international profile. I will tackle the changes that accompany a professionalization process like this with passion and confidence." Patricia Olsthoorn was for years staff member at Museum Gouda. After a renewed study, specializing in cultural entrepreneurship and CRM at Erasmus University, she has advised companies in embracing these aspects. Olsthoorn combines her position at the Pijpenkabinet with her tasks as advisor cultural entrepreneurship within the cultural sector.

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Light your pipe

19 December 2012

Light your pipe

Under this name the Pijpenkabinet joins the Amsterdam Light Festival that lightens up our city this winter. Our museum has its own interpretation of the word light by using it in the sense of lighting a pipe. The museum shows the antique instruments that are at the base of light and fire. In two show- windows you can see fire-pans, braziers, tongues and tinder pistols, tinder boxes, but also pyrogenic instruments. Of course we also show the modern lighter. From December 19, 2013 until February14 2013 the exhibition Light your pipe can be seen.

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Article on the Dutch brass tobacco box

21 October 2012

Article on the Dutch brass tobacco box

The brass tobacco box is a typical Dutch product with a long popularity. In an extensive article curator Don Duco presents these boxes from 1620 when they emerge to the time they get out of use. This appears to be the first overview that gives the full history of the tobacco box in all its aspects. Especially enlightening is the chronological and typological classification of shapes. He describes the ways of production, possibilities to decorate and the decorative themes. Finally the article treats the tobacco boxes in other materials. All together a clear and important survey.

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Jacob number hundred!

25 September 2012

Jacob number hundred!

The most produced figural pipe is dedicated to the Biblical character of Jacob. Designed around 1855, this pipe remained in demand well into the twentieth century. It became the popular tobacco pipe for the rustic who appreciated the familiar face in its sturdy design. With its embroidered turban and long beard, the pipe appealed to many smokers' imaginations and became all the rage. Every self-respecting pipe maker between 1860 and 1940 produced such a pipe, sometimes even in multiple sizes. It is not surprising that our museum has quite a series of them. The depicted Jacob pipe was recently added to the collection of the Pijpenkabinet and that was gratifying. It is one of the very few designs that was still missing. Made by Joseph Heurter in Andenne, Belgium, this is a rare edition. In addition, it is the hundredth specimen of this popular design!

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Pipe stopper signet ring

23 July 2012

Pipe stopper signet ring

This signet ring is absolutely a rare object. Not only does it have a personal sign but on the backside a pipe stopper is placed. So this archaeological find from the old centre of Amsterdam combines a signet ring and a handy pipe stopper in one object that enables the smoker to enjoy his pipe. This shows the importance of pipe smoking in those days. A rare object that dates to about 1650.

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Unique printing blocks

25 June 2012

Unique printing blocks

Glerum Auctioneers in Amsterdam auctioned a number of rare printing blocks last week. It concerns 23 blocks of wood used by the Thorbecke Brothers from Zwolle. This series is so unique because it shows the marks that were used by this important trading company at the end of the eighteenth century. Apart from the blocks itself, cast in lead, there were also some moulds carved of wood that were used as matrix for the lead printing blocks. All in all a very informative set of objects that we were able to buy despite the high price. There was a lot of interest in these objects probably because the son of the last owner of the company was the well-known Dutch politician Johan Thorbecke.

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Library inventory

12 March 2012

Library inventory

A somewhat under exposed result of our new website is the library catalogue on internet. This inventory was made available on the internet last year. Since then the 9.600 titles in our library can be consulted. Those who want to know more about books or magazine articles can find the information there. A picture of the covers makes the titles even more vivid. Go to our website www.pipemuseum.nl and look for catalogue under the section search. A future project is the availability to search through the contents of a lot of publications on our web. It is all a question of time.

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Tobacco wrappings

19 February 2012

Tobacco wrappings

This month the Pijpenkabinet received an extraordinary gift. It is the collection of Ab Venemans of Amsterdam. Venemans was and still is a motivated smoker who for the past thirty years smoked hundreds of different tobaccos. He always kept the wrappers and stored them methodically and so he finally became the owner of an almost complete series of tobacco pouches. Rev. Venemans did not only keep the pouches in mint condition but also fully documented. Especially for the future this acquisition is of great archive value.

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Prinsengracht closed for traffic

12 February 2012

Prinsengracht closed for traffic

This month part of Prinsengracht where our museum is will be closed for all traffic over a long period. The embankment needs to be repaired urgently and therefore will be taken down completely in order to lay a new concrete foundation. The council expects it will need approximately nine months to get the work done before a new pavement can be laid. In the meantime our shop and Museum will remain open as usual, but visitors have to walk over a boarded pathway coming either from Leidsestraat or Spiegelgracht. Unfortunately there will hardly be any passers-by during that period.

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First acquisition 2012

8 January 2012

First acquisition 2012

Just after the first week a rare meerschaum pipe could be booked. Originating from the inheritance of the Amsterdam couple Phine and Frits Verhaaff we received a couple of pipes of which the one shown here is the most beautiful. It concerns a large sized meerschaum pipe of classic model. As a particular detail between bowl and stem an elegant decoration of a woman standing near a well can be seen. We need to do some research to find the maker of this pipe. Viennese carvings is a classic remark, but pipes like these were especially popular in the United States and quite a number of them were made over there. Therefore a good start for the collection of the Pijpenkabinet.

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Abd-El-Kader, an extremely popular pipe design

23 October 2011

Abd-El-Kader, an extremely popular pipe design

The portrait of the Algerian freedom fighter Abd-El-Kader, often in combination with a lion’s head and skin, is the most frequent depiction in figural pipe design between 1830 and 1860. Curator Don Duco has recently written an extensive article on these pipes. He explains the history of this theme and comments on the social and economic backgrounds of these pipes, that are not only produced in France but also in Belgium and Germany. Illustrated with 24 different pipes, the article fully treats the fashion of this historic personality. It also deals with some look-alikes.

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At last, the Christ figure-head!

10 October 2011

At last, the Christ figure-head!

After years finally part of the collection of the Pijpenkabinet: the most wanted Christ figure-head, model number 800 of Gambier. The say that this pipe is the rarest of all French figural pipes. That is of course not true, but surely difficult to find. See at APM 20.957.

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Exhibition of exceptional tobacco-boxes

15 September 2011

Exhibition of exceptional tobacco-boxes

From 15 September to 31 October the Pijpenkabinet shows a series of exceptional tobacco-boxes that were acquired this spring from the Niemeyer collection. After curator Brongers laid the foundation for this collection, his successor, Tiemen Helperi Kimm, added some unique early pieces. With these the former Groningen museum was able to show the development of tobacco-boxes step by step. Especially these early examples were chosen by the Pijpenkabinet and will now be on show in Amsterdam. The photo shows the earliest tobacco-box from the Niemeyer collection, decorated in colorful enamel.

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Different collections

28 July 2011

Different collections

Curator Duco recently wrote an article for the new website of the Pijpenkabinet. It is called Deelcollecties van het Pijpenkabinet (collections of the Pijpenkabinet) and it gives an overview of the seventeen areas of collection of the museum in Amsterdam. Our new website www.pipemuseum.nl gives the possibility to choose a selection from the collection-database. This article supports this facility together with articles on the history of the museum, the highlights of our collection and more about the collectors who made our museum. The picture shows a smoker from the collection of paintings and prints.

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Acquisition Niemeyer

17 March 2011

Acquisition Niemeyer

The closing of the Niemeyer Tabacco Museum at Groningen at the beginning of this year resulted in a remarkable acquisition this month for the Pijpenkabinet. Before the auction houses in Amsterdam and Hilversum were putting the collection on sale the Dutch museums were offered to obtain objects from this remarkable collection. For our museum this resulted in the acquisition of a good four hundred objects of high quality. We especially chose pieces from the heart of the collection that had a link to the objects in our museum. In our next Newsletter that will appear in May we will discuss a series of objects from this collection, We will give you a taste beforehand: the picture of a particular Indian pipe with lizard of the Iroquois, one of the favorites of former curator Georg Brongers.

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Dutch acquisition

26 January 2011

Dutch acquisition

This is an odd acquisition, a tobacco pipe shaped as a Dutch clog. With a design this bizarre the object finds itself in between smoke utensil and souvenir. The fact that apart from the shape it is decorated as Delft ware makes it even more Dutch. Maker is Ivora, known by pipe lovers as P. van der Want Gzn. from Gouda, at the beginning of last century the oldest Gouda pipe making factory. Though the design is very original it did not become successful. Especially the stopping of such an asymmetric pipe-bowl is not very practical. The pipe is not mentioned in the catalogue of the factory and it was probably only manufactured for a couple of years. This makes the acquisition even more interesting.

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Forty years ago

1 October 2009

Forty years ago

The 1st of October 1969 the former cesspit of a tobacco inn on Keizersgracht in the centre of Amsterdam was discovered. Archaeologist Don Duco found several thousands of 17th century clay pipes. This was the actual starting point of the collection that today forms the Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

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