45 years of pipe research
1 October 2014
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.