A Historical and Pictorial Guide To American Christmas Pipes


The American Christmas Pipe was first made at the suggestion of John Hayes in 1983. John had openned up his own store in Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va. two years previously. He served his apprenticeship at Georgetown Tobacco . After pouring through much of the pipe literature and catalogs my partner Curt and I had collected, we decided upon a shape out of the Pipe Dan catalog, out of Denmark. It was a very graceful, small, Danish apple with a curved shank. We thought to increase the size a bit without losing its graceful proportions. The 1983 Christmas Pipe was born.

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I think that year we might have made 8-10 certainly no more. They ranged in price from $35 -$100 at most. The dating on them read:

 

The next year we were looking for a different more robust shape. Something difficult and unusual to make as to show off our pipe making skills. We settled upon a full bent panel. As before not too many were made, probably 18 pieces, with a price range similar to the '83 pipe.

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