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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sepia Saturday 164; Grandfather's Tobacco pipes;


The Appenzeller  tobacco pipe, called a Lindauerli is part the
Alpine  national costume, still worn today for social occasions.




The tobacco pipes  are still produced today  in the same way and style as in earlier times. Generally they are produced from wood of the pear tree  and varnished  very dark brown or black and decorated
with stylized  Edelweiss, Alpen flora and cows from silver or tin.



This one is a tobacco pipe with a swan neck!


This is also a Lindauerli, I should have pointed the head down wards, that's how it is smoked'



A folks song; Myn Vater isch en Appenzeller,
 der isst de' Chäs mitsamt'em Teller.

My father is a born  Appenzeller he eats his cheese and the plate, which means, in earlier time they served the cheese on  a thick piece of bread, so he eats the cheese and the plate!




Still a very traditional  bringing the animals  up to the Alps in early summer and also celebrating when they are returning at the end of summer.

The canton Appenzell, situated in the north-east of Switzerland, was from 1513 to 1597 one single cantons (1597 the canton was divided into the Catholic Innerrhoden and the reformed Ausserrhoden). 





A girl who can Yodel!







©Photo/text Ts

23 comments:

  1. We have friends in Germany who move the livestock to the top meadows in summer. Interesting old pipes - thanks for sharing the photos.

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    1. Brett Payne, thank you, they bring the livestock up into the alps because the grass is so rich and tasty, the milk makes the best butter and alp cheese.

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  2. Can't wait to go back to Switzerland - I loved it.

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    1. Boobook, yes, this small country has interesting traditions, languages and a beautiful country side.

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  3. What Beautiful Crafted Pipes.They Really Are Very Striking.

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    1. tony, mine are now displayed on a wall, nobody smokes them anymore. The interesting part is that the head of the pipe points downwards when smoking. No other pipe has this feature.

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  4. You could almost take to sucking on one of these just for the visual impact. I also like the waistcoats - smart

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    1. Mike Burnett, I think they are still smoked in these rural parts of SWL. The men look striking in their yellow pants, red waistcoat, white shirt and the hat decorated with flowers.

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  5. How do I leave a comment while I am still clapping to the video?

    I would love to see those pipes being used.

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    1. Bob, you could go for a holiday, very nice in summer or winter.

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  6. I can see several small parts on those pipes that could be used to make something for a dollhouse. Beautiful.

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    1. Kristin, at the moment they are hanging on a wall as decoration.

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  7. Back in the days when I smoked a pipe I had quite a collection - but none as ornate as these beautiful examples.

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    1. Alan, thank you,nobody smokes them any more, so they would be perfectly alright to do so. I think I start in a few years, when I am, say 97!

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  8. I adore anyone who can yodel! What a lovely and informative post! I am just amazed at the artwork of these! Bravo, you really brought us the best of anyone's collection!

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    1. Karen, thank you so much for your comment, I enjoy your enthusiasm.

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  9. Those pipes really are a work of art. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Gorgeous pipes Titania. I think i am an appenzeller too. In UK this would be a trencherman.

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    1. Marilyn, It was an easy way of setting the table; we have become so sophisticated with a special plate for soup, for salad, for pasta, for entree, for mains,for dessert and the super big one which goes first under all the others, why do we make so much work when it could be so simple?
      Thank you for your visit and comment.

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  11. I like the idea of eating the plate--saves on dish washing.

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    1. Postcardy, it was an environmental friendly way, no paper plates, no plastic, not a throwaway society. You are right it is a plus in any way.

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