Monday, April 13, 2015

Horse Cheroot Holders

This is a Gustav Fischer Sr. creation to honor Directum, the Trotter of the Year in 1918. As a six year old, Directum was the leading money winner with $13,217.00. The horse was owned by John W. Coggeshall of Providence, Rhode Island, whose name appears on a silver plaque on the carrying case.

(Courtesy of the US Tobacco Company Museum)

Admittedly, full body horses and horses' heads are both a commonplace theme for pipe carvers, but this is one of the more unusual configurations, that of two heads, rather than one.

From the Ludwig Hartmann catalog dated 1880,

Ludwig Hartmann Catalog ca 1880

This 2.5"  by 5.5" cheroot holder, of Viennese manufacture, captures the essence of a horse under stress,

 wonderfully smoked,

with ivory mouthpiece.

(Courtesy Private Collection)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wood Masterpiece Rothschild Colllection (10)

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tiffany Pipe 1890

Heidi purchased this silver and ivory gem in 1914 in Reading, Pennsylvania. 


It was made by Tiffany of New York in 1890.

 It was a gift from the Lord Chief Justice of England, Richard Everard Webster

to Jacob M. Gordin, a Russian-Jewish playwright living in America. His contemporaries referred to Gordin as the Jewish Shakespeare.

This elegant 8" pipe became part of the Martin Friedman Collection in 1978 and is illustrated on page 178 of Ben Rapaport's "A complete guide to collecting Antique Pipes" (1979).

(Courtesy of a Private Collector)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

J. Schilz-Müllenbach Catalog 1910

This is an expansive catalog, dated 1910, of the J. Schilz-Müllenbach pipe factory, Höhr, near Koblenz, Germany. In the following pages appear exemplars of the rather replete product line of this company: pipes, cheroot and cigar holders, tobacco pouches and all the related smoker's utensils and accouterments for cigar smokers and snuff users.