What Type of Pipe Did Sherlock Holmes Smoke?


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In the novels, Sherlock Holmes smoked three different pipes: cherrywood, clay and briar. In theater and in film, he is often portrayed smoking a Calabash pipe. The association of Holmes with the Calabash comes from the early 1900s American actor William Gillette, who chose to play Holmes on stage using this pipe.

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The first appearance of Holmes smoking a pipe is in the novel "A Study in Scarlet." His favorite of the three was his clay pipe. Holmes typically smoked a pipe when his mood was contemplative. If he was agitated, he preferred to smoke cigarettes. Holmes chose to smoke Cuban cigars when drinking brandy or after dinner at a restaurant.

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