Porcelain pipes were manufactured from the mid-1700s through the early 1920s in Germany, a lesser output in France and Austria, and a minor production in Denmark and Holland.
The porcelain tobacco pipe generally associated with Germany consisted of a porcelain bowl connected to a stem and to a hollow slightly V- or U-shaped chamber of porcelain, horn or wood, the bowl fitting into one opening of the chamber and the stem into the other opening. The purpose of the chamber, known as abguss, or reservoir, was to act as a repository for the juices and tar so as to improve the fragrance and taste of the tobacco.
This later 19th century pipe bowl, decorated in a beautiful pallet of colors, has a wonderful blown-out design of a stylish lady of the era stride her favorite horse and loving dog running along side. In the background are images of a trees, grasses and shrubbery against a soft green. These blown-out motifs are quite difficult to find. The pipe bowl measures 5" in length. There is a tight, darkened crack extending from the opening and down the side of the bowl, perhaps caused by excess heat. The top rim has a rough texture which indicates it could originally have had an attached metal cover.