Briar pipes history
Briar pipes have ancient origins and their history is often confused with the legend.
Briar pipes originally were not used with the tobacco but only as a tool for breathe the smoke created by other methods.
Some objects like modern smoking pipes have been found in archaeological excavations in Switzerland, in France and in Italy.
With the discovery of the Americas in 1492 in Europe comes the tobacco and the rituals associated with it as cigar and cigarette, together with the use of smoking pipes that in the new world were used by the Maya and Aztecs.
The first smoking pipes as we know them today were those used among the Indian tribes of North America.
Briar pipes in Europe
In Europe the use of smoking pipes is initially spread among the Spanish sailors and in the mid-sixteenth century had spread to Portugal, France and the Netherlands.
The first smoking pipes spread to Europe were probably in clay, were common in England from the second half of 1500.
At the beginning of 1700 in the Netherlands started a production of smoking pipes in clay with the same features from the English ones.
In 1617 it was opened the first small firm. The Dutch pipe became soon the prototype of the European production and were copied throughout Europe, especially in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.
The porcelain smoking pipes spread between 1700 and early 1800 in Austria and Germany and were composed by several pieces: the decorations recalled the activity carried out by the owner. The first wood smoking pipes is dating back to 1602 in Germany but only at the end of the century began in Germany a processing of wood smoking pipes.
In the the mid-1800s briar pipe supplanted every other type of pipe for its resistance, economy and for the goodness that gave the taste of smoke. It’s hard to say where briar pipes born because many craftsmen in all of Europe claimed paternity. The most reliable thesis suggests that it is born in France, in the town of Saint-Claude.
The Italian industry was established after the last war and the British production was marked by the search for a high quality in terms of raw materials and aesthetics.