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Dutch clay pipes from Gouda

Clay pipes have been used for smoking tobacco from the 17th century onward. The Dutch city of Gouda was a major production centre and remains of pipes produced there can be found all over the world. Because these items are rather fragile a lot of it was thrown away by our ancestors. Archaeologist can use the pipe fragments for dating when they excavate a site by using the principle that everything that was deposited with it or on top of it must be placed there after the pipe production.
Trying to identify and date clay pipe fragments can be both difficult and fun. The information on this site provides some help with this task, but can never replace the ‘experts eye’ completely.

What you can find here

Interactive catalog of dutch clay pipe marks from Gouda. Information about the claypipe makers marks has been extracted from the digital version of ‘Goudse pijpenmakers en hun merken’ (see: next item). Use this to visually compare the marks on your finds with the images from the catalog. more>>

Browse the digitized version of ‘Goudse pijpenmakers en hun merken’. It contains information about the history of clay pipes and the development of clay pipe shapes. more>>

Browse the heelmark collection with over two thousand mark photographs.
Also view photos and some (pencil) drawings of a small collection of clay pipe fragments found in the area of Gouda. Not the highly decorated and (almost) complete museum pieces, but broken and degraded fragments. This shows how difficult it can be (for a non-expert like me) to identify the marks on the fragments. more>>

A short explanation of the clay pipe production. Being aware of the production process helps you understand some of the details on the clay pipe fragments. more>>

Links to other sites with information about dutch clay pipes that can help you identify your finds. These sites are build and maintained mostly by people collecting pipes, involved in archaeology and sometimes even producing pipes. more>>

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The use of pipes to smoke weed and tobacco substances has a long history; it dates from many centuries ago. The smoking pipe is the oldest form of smoking that still exists up to date. In fact, pipes became more popular in most parts of Europe for their adoption in ceremonial smoking activities. At Holland High, we have new pipes available for you.

We have a range of smoking pipes that will fit into your smoking habits and make it more comfortable and enjoyable. Our available types are from different materials including metallic, wooden, acrylic, soapstone and glass. The pipes are available at different lengths to fit into your preferences. We only source our pipes from reputable manufacturers to guarantee on quality standards.

Our quality pipes offer you great pleasure during smoking. They make you work easily since you don’t need to undergo any processes to enjoy your substance. They are designed to fit into your pockets so you can carry it to all your places of pleasure. We avail pipes that minimise smoke production. Therefore, they minimise attention of others to your smoking activity.

Our availed smoke pipes are easy to prepare and use. All you require to do is to make the smoke, pack the bowl and light the substance. It’s recommendable the substance is a bit wet so that it prevents inhalation of small substances that may lead to throat problems. You need to be cautious when lighting up your substance. The bowl must be lighted from all parts, and then you puff until the substance grows reddish.

You can buy the pipes directly from our Head Shop. Remember we are here to cater for your smoking needs. You can, make any consultation or send queries through our available customer care options.

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