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Object ID 001520

Object Name Corncob Pipe Display

Object Desc Wooden shop display with 6 corncob pipes.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001245a-g

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 3

Object Date

Start Year Range 1907

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords pipes,tobacco,Missouri Meerschaum,smoking,corncob pipes,stands,

Title Corncob Pipe Display

Description Wooden display holding 6 corncob pipes. 5 (b-f) of these are from the Missouri Meershaum company. The other pipe (g) is from Phoenix American Pipe Works. The five Missouri Meerschaum pipes are each roughly 6'' in length with 2'' bowls with a circumference of 4.75''. The Phoenix American pipe (g) is also 6'' in length, with a 2.25'' bowl that has a 5'' circumference. Wooden display was built by Decatur Industries, which has been making displays such as these for quite some time.


Approx Collection Date

Height 5

Length 5.75

Width 5.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Missouri Meerschaum

Maker Details In 1907 the H. Tibbe & Son Co. became the Missouri Meerschaum Company. The word "meerschaum" is derived from a German word meaning "sea foam." Meerschaum is a Turkish clay used in high grade pipes. Tibbe likened his light, porous pipes and their cool smoke to that of the more expensive meerschaum pipes and coined the name "Missouri Meerschaum" for his pipes. Tibbe and a chemist friend devised an innovative system of applying a plaster-based substance to the outside of the corn cob bowls. In 1878, Tibbe patented this process.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1245a-g



Date FEB 19,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes The display and pipes had a lot of dust, but were easily cleaned. No major damage to the display. The top part of the display with holes for the pipes to slip through may have to be reglued., it was loose when found, but pushing it together made it much more sturdy.The display has small dust spots that could be cleaned off was well, wiping down with cloth did not do much to remove them. All of the pipes are unused, and have minor dust staining. Some of the pipes have very minor cracks on their corn cob bowls.


Date FEB 20,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 2 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 4 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit North Shelf 3 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin