Jacob number hundred!
25 September 2012
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!