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Object ID 001602

Object Name Medico V.F.Q. Pipe

Object Desc Medico V.F.Q. smoking pipe. Made from imported briar root.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001306

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tobacco Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit Counter

Object Date

Start Year Range 1933

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords pipes,S.M. Frank & Co.,Medico V.F.Q.,smoking,tobacco,

Title Medico V.F.Q. Pipe

Description Smoking pipe made from imported briar wood. Mouth piece is a marbled yellow color with the letters "V.F.Q." engraved in black.The mouth piece is connected to the pipe with a silver ring. The pipe is a cherry-colored briar wood with a smooth/glossy finish. The words "Frank [italics]/MEDICO/V.F.Q." are engraved on left side. The right side of pipe reads "Imported/Briar Root." Ridge of pipe is blackened. Pipe extends straight out and up at a 90 degree angle.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.75

Length 5

Width 1.25

Depth 0

Diameter 1

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions of pipe are taken as follows: Height (lowest to highest point) Length (mouth piece to end of pipe) Width (widest part of pipe) Diameter (width of the pipe's opening)

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker S. M. Frank & Co.

Maker Details In the year 1900 Sam Frank Sr. started his own business, selling pipes and other tobacco items. His original office was located at 20 W. 17th Street, NYC. In 1933, the paper Medico filter was introduced along with the Medico brand line of pipes. The Medico filter is the "original" and most absorbent paper filter on the market that is recognized by pipe smokers world-wide. Filtered pipe smoking, a debatable issue among pipe smokers, reduces tars and nicotine in the smoke stream to make a "safer" smoke. The history of S. M. Frank & Co. spans nearly a century and half of pipe making, supporting their claim as the "oldest pipe house in America." S. M. Frank, as it exists today, is a combination of some of the biggest names in pipe making from the early part of the 20th. century. The pipe names Kaywoodie, Yello-Bole, Reiss-Premier, DeMuth, Medico, Heritage and Frank are familiar to generations of pipe smokers.

Maker Mark V.F.Q.


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Image Caption CMY001306

Description Medico V.F.Q. smoking pipe


Date FEB 26,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes Pipe has little wear. The bowl of the pipe has some blackening due to use. The mouth piece also has some teeth marks. There are some minor scratches and dents in left side and bowl. The age of the pipe is difficult to find due to the brand "Medico V.F.Q" still being produced and the high condition of this item in particular. However, the brand was started in 1933.


Date FEB 26,2014

Summary Status change

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

Date FEB 26,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit Counter from Cabinet 1, Shelf 8 - 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