In 1848, Karl Ellenberger and his partner, Carl August Ziener implemented an idea to manufacture pipes in Germany. The very first pipe factory that produced pipes from selected types of wood for connoisseurs all over the world was thus founded in Nuremberg.

  The Vereinigte Pfeifenfabriken in Nürnberg (known as VPFN) was founded in 1901 through a merger with Gebhard Ott's pipe factory which started in 1866, also in Nürnberg.

Ernst Eckert's son, Adolf Eckert coined a new name for the business in 1909. VAUEN, consisting of the first letters V (pronounced VAU) from the Vereinigte Pfeifenfabriken and N (pronounced EN) in Nuremberg. A brand for the future had been created. And is still very active today.

In 1911, Adolf Eckert began marking the quality of the pipes with a white dot on the mouthpiece as a sign. Meanwhile, "White Dot" has become a brand known worldwide. This White Dot guarantees a special selection of materials and the highest possible standard of craftsmanship. This marking is still there, on our very finest pipes.

Alexander Eckert, is now the fifth generation of pipe manufacturer, he has been active in the management of the company since 1982. The company, which has been in the hands of the founding family since its establishment, continues to expand as a result of increased international involvement

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