Addition to the collection pipe reamers
30 October 2013
Mr. W.F. den Herder was a well-known collector of antiques in the city of Goes in the south-western corner of the Netherlands (Zeeland). After he died his collections were sold in auction where we could acquire no less than thirty silver pipe cleaners. The collector from Zeeland was a pharmacist in Goes with a special interest in tobacco, a stimulant that was sold centuries ago as a medicine. In total he had some fifty silver pipe reamers, which used to be a typical Dutch accessories for pipe smokers. With this acquisition the collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum was put onto a high level as towards silver pipe tools. One of the more special ones acquired is the dog in his doghouse, a late eighteenth century political symbol.