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.
- Object Number:
- shop sign
- visual and verbal communication
- sign - promotional or advertising artefact
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- pipe - smoking equipment
- tobacco pipe
- Loan, Wellcome Trust
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