Portraits from Belgium
8 July 2016
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.