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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