This carved amber pipe, from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, is in the shape of a bull, amber mouthpiece and amber horns, with a total length of 23.3 cm.
It was commissioned by the William Demuth Company [WDC]), New York City.
|Antique WDC Countertop Pipe Salesman Sample Display Case|
and Louisville, Ky. American also owned leaf storage sheds, a stemmery, and a factory in Richmond, Va; these combined facilities essentially represented a fully integrated cigarette and pipe smoking tobacco production center. On March 26, 1952, American joined the Kimball Tobacco Company of Rochester, New York,
to participate in an exhibit entitles "The Story of Tobacco", at the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences, and the Demuth Collection prominent at this exhibition, was identified now as the "Half and Half Collection" (named after the American Tobacco Company's best-selling pipe mixture that was introduced to the public in 1926).
|Valentine Museum and Garden, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries|
The Half and Half Collection remained at the Valentine - occasionally in open display - for the next 35 years. In the spring of 1992, the Museum decided to deaccession the collection, and as museums are obliged to do,offered it to other museums. In June 1992, the Austrian Tobacco Museum (Osterreichisches Tabakmuseum) in Vienna was declared the successful bidder.
|österreich Tabakmuseum, Mariahilfer strasse 2, Wien|
When that museum was shuttered, the collection was sold at auction in Vienna in October 2002.