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With the hectic nature of contemporary lifestyles, people who put aside time for their passions are very special people indeed. The enjoyment of a genuine pipe, the pleasure of a pleasant aroma exuded by a noble pipe tobacco is such a pleasure which unites people the world over. To all those who maintain their love for the details of daily life, VAUEN sells top quality pipes, filters, tobacco and accessories.

The world of VAUEN is part of an attitude towards life. An approach shared by those people who see beyond the ends of their noses (and pipe bowls). With peace and contemplation, with the joy of communication and exuberance, pipe lovers enrich their surroundings, taking an active part in contemporary events. Individual, highly imaginative, in a very special way.

Top quality and a commitment to the needs of all passionate pipe friends will also provide the drive of VAUEN the pipemaker and its staff in the future as well.


VAUEN Pipe Manufacture. Masterpieces since 1848.





Alexander Eckert
Managing Director & Partner






Quality and an abundance of ideas are traditional characteristics of VAUEN, which go back 160 years. This means 160 years of skilled craftmanship paired with contemporary technology. 160 years experience with the individual wishes of the pipe-lovers of today and tomorrow. Come with us through the world of VAUEN - the passionate pipemaker - since 1848.In 1848 Karl Ellenberger and his partner, Carl August Ziener turned an idea into reality in Nuremberg. The very first German pipe manufacturing company produced pipes from selected woods for connoisseurs throughout the world. The Vereinigte Pfeifenfabriken in Nuremberg (known in short as VPFN) was brought into being in 1901 with the amalgamation with the Gebhard Ott pipe factory founded in 1866, also in Nuremberg.




In this way, a business was created under the management of Ernst Eckert, a scion of the founding family Ott, whose products and services were to attend and shape the culture of tobacco and smoking in Europe and overseas for a long time – for over 160 years now.




1 - Medal for progress 1873, World Exhibition Vienna
2 - Goldmedal 1876, World Exhibition Philadelphia
3 - Goldmedal 1882, World Exhibition Nuremberg
4 - Goldmedal 1883, World Exhibition Amsterdam
5 - Goldmedal 1904, World Exhibition St. Louis
6 - Goldmedal 1906, World Exhibition Nuremberg











In the search for a term which would be easy for all pipe friends to remember and not be confused with anything else, Ernst Eckerts son, Adolf Eckert coined a new name for the business in 1909. VAUEN, consisting of the initial letters V (pronounced VAU) from Vereinigte Pfeifenfabriken and the N (pronounced EN) of Nuremberg. A brand name for the future was created.


In 1911 Adolf Eckert began marking choice quality pipes with a white dot on the mouthpiece as a distinguishing mark. In the meantime the “White Dot” has become a trademark that is renowned worldwide. This White Dot guarantees a special selection of material, an attractive grain and the highest possible standard of craftsmanship. Export customers receive the White Dot quality with a grey dot.


After 1945, Ernst Eckert, son of Adolf Eckert, succeeded in overcoming the destructive effects of the war with an unshakeable pioneering spirit. VAUEN grew to become a business with a worldwide reputation once more.


Alexander Eckert, now the fifth generation of pipe maker, has been at the head of the oldest German pipe manufacturing company since 1982. The company, which has been in the hands of the founders’ family since it was established, is expanding in importance once again as a result of increased international commitment.

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