The Pipe of Sherlock Holmes
The favourite pipe of detective Holmes was curved and with a rather wide bowl. The first actor who played the character in theaters was William Gillette used this type of pipe. However, now the actor Robert Downey Jr. who has recently given life in film uses a straight pipe with rather small bowl.
In the 19th Century when the character was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the habit of smoking a tobacco pipe was already quite strong among the upper classes of society, the intellectuals and the bourgeoisie. Decades later consumption of tobacco in all its forms became popular thanks to industrial production, but in those years it was considered a sign of distinction. The author himself was also a pipe smoker.
At this time renown international manufacturers started to appear in the UK such as Peterson, Dunhill’s, Comoy’s or Duncan. Some of them retain their handmade production to almost 100%.
Although some consider them objects of past and old fashioned, this way of smoking has been gaining popularity in recent times.
If you want to get a pipe and introduce yourself into the world of pipe smoking, check out our section of pipes and accessories.
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