Smoking pipe

Smoking pipe (Accepted); hookah (probable SFPP)

Smoking pipe (Accepted); hookah (probable SFPP)

A smoking pipe is a tube with a bowl at one end, for smoking tobacco or other weeds.  In Society heraldry, the standard smoking pipe is long-stemmed, made of clay; this form of pipe was manufactured in England as early as 1586 [EB XXI:633], but no examples are known of its use in period armory.  (In Society armory, the same form has also been blazoned a “Saracen’s smoking pipe” or a “clay pipe”.)

There’s also the “hookah” or “Turkish water-pipe”, where the fumes are filtered through water or wine.  It has not been shown to be period, but it was used in Persia in the 17th Century (though not for tobacco).

Lewis MacGregor bears:  Gules, a hookah Or, on a chief wavy argent a winged cat couchant guardant proper.

Dulcinea de Yerba Buena bears:  Per fess indented argent goutty purpure, and vert, overall two short-stemmed Saracen smoking pipes in saltire argent.

Morric Haast bears:  Sable, a saltire Or between in pale an hourglass fesswise and a clay pipe fesswise and in fess two dragon’s heads erased argent.

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