Wednesday, July 16, 2014

La Cinquantenaire, Pipe d'Etalage by Gambier 1849

The French clay pipes known as "pipes d'étalage" have a foyer between 6 and 10 inches (15 to 25cm) high. They were never intended for use as a smoking device, they were awarded as in-store showpieces to the most worthy among the retailers.

In 1849, at the Exposition de la Seconde République (aka l'Exposition Nationale des produits de l'industrie agricole et manufacturière) in Paris, the famous clay pipe manufacturer Gambier presented this pipe d'étalage commonly known as La Cinquantenaire

It honors and celebrates the three members of the team of workers responsible for manufacturing clay pipes.

Height: 6.2 inches (16 cm)

the moulder ("mouleur"),

the trimmer ("tramasseuse"),

and the roller ("rouleur") (seated under the coat of arms).

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