VAUEN is really a phenomenal company – one of the oldest and largest Europian pipe businesses remains at the same time very flexible and innovative: they not only freely experiment with shapes and finishes, but regularly offer basically new solutions such as the “Pipo” or the “Zeppelin”.
Unfortunately unlike other big manufacturers the history of VAUEN products is not well documented: many documents and catalogues wee lost in the end of the World War II, nowadays company launches about 50 models every year, so it’s hardly possible to systematize all that variety.
Nevertheless this pipe can be easily identified as a VAUEN product made between 1939 and 1945: the stamping “D.R.W.Z” (Deutsches Reichs Waren Zeichen – a kind of a registered trademark) was applied only within that perios and was replaced after the end of the War by “registered (German) trademark”. So there’s a really old and historical pipe for your attention!
The pipe marking is “VAUEN \ Dr. Perl \ D.R.W.Z”, “BRUYERE \ EXTRA”, “3232” (there’s a small indentation near the letter “R”, so we have firstly wrongly identified it as “B”). The length is 15.4 cm (6.06″), bowl’s height is 5.3 cm (2.09″). External diameter of the bowl is 3.3 cm (1.3″), internal diameter is 2.0 cm (0.79″). The depth is 4.1 cm (1.61″) and this pipe weights 38 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter.