Blown Glass Sherlock Pipes


Blown Glass Sherlock Pipes

We offer a very large selection of blown glass Sherlock pipes. Some of the Blown Glass Sherlock pipes come from local blowers as well as from glass blowers across the United States. We specialize in American Blown Glass pipes and we also now offer  imported blown glass pipes as well.

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Sherlock Pipes are actually a slang for Calabash Pipes that were made famous By Arthur Conan Doyle, He was the author of Sherlock Holmes.

About Sherlock or Calabash Pipes

Calabash gourds (usually with meerschaum or porcelain bowls set inside them) have long made prized pipes, but they are labour-intensive and, today, quite expensive. Because of this expense, pipes with bodies made of wood (usually mahogany) instead of gourd, but with the same classic shape, are sold as calabashes. Both wood and gourd pipes are functionally the same (with the important exception that the dried gourd, usually being noticeably lighter, sits more comfortably in the mouth). They consist of a downward curve that ends with an upcurve where the bowl sits. Beneath the bowl is an air chamber which serves to cool, dry, and mellow the smoke. There are also briar pipes being sold as calabashes. These typically do not have an air chamber and are so named only because of their external shape.

A calabash pipe is rather large and easy to recognize as a pipe when used on a stage in dramatic productions. Early portrayers of the character Sherlock Holmes. Particularly William Gillette and Basil Rathbone, took advantage of this fact when it was required to portray Holmes smoking. This is why Holmes is stereotypically depicted as favouring a calabash. In fact, most stories, particularly The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, described him as preferring a long-stemmed cherry-wood churchwarden pipe or a clay pipe.


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