26 January 2011
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.