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Object ID 001607

Object Name General Corncob Pipe Display

Object Desc Cardboard display for Missouri style corn cob pipes, marketed as "The General."

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001309

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 1940

End Year Range 1950

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Corncob Pipe,merchandise displays,smoking,tobacco,pipes,displays,

Title General Corncob Pipe Display

Description Red, white, and blue design. Very patriotic by nature. Top of display reads: "The Sweetest Smoke in the World" and "Genuine Missouri Corncob Pipes." Made in USA, cost 10 cents at the time. "The General," likely inreference to General Macarthur, is printed at the base of the display along with the company name. This was meant to hold 12 corncob pipes, but only 9 are intact.


Approx Collection Date

Height 10.5

Length 13.5

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Hirchl and Bendheim

Maker Details The Missouri Meerschaum pipes first saw nationwide distribution when Tibbe granted the St. Louis firm of Hirschl & Bendheim exclusive nationwide distribution rights. This eventually ended up coming back to bite him, because Hirschl & Bendheim saw so many requests for orders that they ended up starting their own corn cob pipe company less than 2 years into the contract they made with Tibbe. This resulted in significant reductions in sales for the Missouri Meerschaum Pipe company. Hirschl & Bendheim’s company remained the strongest competitor for Missouri Meerschaum until they went out of business in 1991.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1309



Date FEB 27,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes A lot of the colors are fading, and/or washing away into other parts of the sign. The pipes look like they have decayed somewhat, and there is heavy edgewear and scraping on the face of the display. "The General" label is flaking away at the edges.


Date FEB 27,2014

Summary Location change

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