Antique and vintage stone pipes
Antique and vintage stone pipes are pipes designed for smoking tobacco. They can be highly decorative in nature.
Many of the finest examples of stone pipes were produced by native people of the North Americas in the 19th century, although a limited number of earlier pieces also attract considerable attention.
Pipes are most commonly made from wood or clay. Smoking from a stone pipe is said to be a unique experience, as the stone cools the smoke quickly.
Antique or vintage?
Stone pipes produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
How much are stone pipes worth?
Good condition, finely carved stone pipes produced in the 19th century by Native American tribes can sell for up to $25,000
Notable sales of antique and vintage stone pipes
A first half 19th century stone and wood pipe, made in the Great Lakes area of North America, featuring a catlinite bowl in human head form, achieved $25,000 at a Skinner auction in September 2007.
A last quarter 19th century pipe featuring two kissing bears, attributed to the North American Cherokee tribe, sold for $1,700 at a Skinner auction in September 2007.
A mid 19th century carved stone pipe, made by the Ojibwa tribe of the Great Lakes region, North America, achieved $15,000 at a Skinner sale in May 2006.