Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sommer Faivret Catalog ca. 1925

Sommer Frères was one of the premier 19th century meerschaum pipe manufactories headquartered in Paris, France. The company was known at various times as Sommer Frères, Aux Carrieres d'Écume; Sommer Fab. Faivret S. ( J. Sommer; Successeurs), Au Pacha, and Maison Lenouvel.

It won Médailles d'or in 1878, 1889, and 1900 at the Expositions Universelles in Paris.

But, by the early 20th century, as interest in the meerschaum waned, and the briar supplanted it as the pipe smoker's favorite, the company adapted. The contents of this ca. 1925 catalog reflects the dramatic change in its product line. As late as the 1980s, Sommer (and its successor, R. Faivret) maintained a retail establishment in the city.

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