Native Americans were probably the first clay pipe smokers, inhaling tobacco smoke for spiritual, medicinal and ceremonial purposes. The "Marriage of Earth (clay) and Plant (tobacco) by Fire" was a cherished ritual.

The first European clay pipes were produced in Broseley, Shropshire, England in 1575, and were copied directly from specimens smoked by American Indians shortly after Sir Walter Raleigh introduced pipe-smoking to the British Court. The idea quickly spread throughout Europe, where men of all stations learned to enjoy the soul-satisfying pleasure of the clay pipe.

From the 17th to the 19th Century, smoking became more and more popular. Coffee shops and pubs throughout Europe hung pipe racks for their steady customers who especially enjoyed smoking while drinking a stein of beer.

An old idea whose time has come - again - Isn't it fitting, then, that clay pipe making - which began in the New World - should return to these shores after centuries of refinement by European craftsmen. Now, you have the opportunity to discover and appreciate the quality of a truly unique clay pipe, made right here in America. Whether as additions to your own treasured collection or as gifts to special friends, the Lepeltier Clay Pipe will provide wonderfully true tobacco flavor and pure smoking pleasure.