Tobacconist's sign, army officer smoking a pipe

Made:
1801-1880 in Europe

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Tobacconist's sign in form of army officer smoking Churchwarden's pipe, possibly French, 1801-1880

Standing outside a tobacconist’s, this carved wooden and painted army officer smoking a pipe would certainly have attracted the attention of potential customers. At a time when the numbering of houses and business premises was often absent, highly distinct shop signs were often the easiest way to locate them. Customers might, in this case, have been directed to ‘the sign of the smoking soldier’.

Churchwarden tobacco pipes are characterised by their long stems and were often made from clay.

Details

Category:
Smoking
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A631342
type:
shop sign
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pipe - smoking equipment
  • tobacco pipe
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sign - promotional or advertising artefact
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust