Sorry about the homonymic bait-and-switch. “Smoking pipes,” of course, have little to do with “plumbing pipes.” A disingenuous way, perhaps, to end “Pipe Bottle Week,” but, in my own defense, the whole series really started with Jonna Pedersen’s painting of a Skipper’s Pipes packet. (And I’ve already stipulated to personally conflating the two types of pipe!)
1. Pipe Shaped Bottle
As previously mentioned, Avon has produced figural bottles of almost any object you can name. Over the years they’ve produced quite a few smoking pipe shaped bottles for men’s products. I like that this particular bottle is in the shape of a corncob pipe since that adds yet another layer of figuration to the Treachery of Images: “This is not a corncob pipe.”
2. Bottle Shaped Pipe
This vintage pipe (from Dawnmist Studio Clay Pipe Shop) dissembles in a different way…
This is a pipe that begins looking like a champagne bottle but when unscrewed the lower portion accepts a stem and mouth piece to become a pipe! There are neat metal fittings for the thread and a metal-push fit stem with the mouth piece itself being made of yellow plastic (which is loose). Some of the varnish on the wood of the stem has worn off but otherwise the item is in good condition and was never actually smoked although I think it could have been. Perhaps it was originally made as a gentleman’s celebration gift? The pipe displays well and makes a rather unusual vintage talking piece. The image shows the pipe when assembled and as a complete bottle. Height when assembled 5 inches. (Sold)
Aside from these vintage artifacts, are there anything more recent examples?
(Asked and answered, after the fold…)
3. Dual Function Pipe/Bottle
Bong Spirit’s bong-shaped vodka bottle offers one form of inebriation while alluding to another. In earlier posts we’ve noted the ways in which the vices of smoking and drinking have sometimes been combined, but this goes a bit further.
Some consumers have taken the idea full circle and made this figural, bong-shaped bottle into a functioning water pipe. (Inset photo on left is from This Bottle of Vodka.)
This is not our first encounter with packaging-as-paraphernalia. (The Coca Cola Bottle water pipe from the Pitt Rivers Museum’s collection was also a repurposed bottle.)
In this instance, however, the bottle has been turned into what it previously was meant to only resemble. Hence: “This is
not a pipe.”