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Object ID 001619

Object Name House of Uhle Pipe

Object Desc House of Uhle smoking pipe. Special selection 342.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001317

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 1939

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords House of Uhle,Uhle Tobacco Co.,pipes,tobacco,smoking,

Title House of Uhle Pipe

Description Uhle pipe with straight stem. Stem/Mouthpiece is tan with discoloring. The letter "U" is engraved on the stem with a circle. The bowl is dark/cherry brown; material has a grain. Right side of bowl reads "Special Selection 342." Left side reads "House of Uhle." Bowl sits at a 90 degree angle. Underside of bowl reads "Made in England."


Approx Collection Date

Height 2

Length 5.75

Width 1.5

Depth 0

Diameter 1.25

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions were taken as follows: Height: bottom to top of bowl Length: bowl to mouth piece Width: R to L side of bowl Diameter: Rim to rim of bowl

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Uhle Tobacco Company

Maker Details Uhle Tobacco Company was founded in 1939 by John H. Uhle. The original location was at 232 W. Michigan St. in downtown Milwaukee, just two blocks from our present location. Mr. Uhle often sat in the front window of the store repairing pipes and hand blending pipe tobaccos for his customers. In the 1950ís Mr. Uhle developed a wholesale business by selling his tobaccos and pipes to appointed agencies throughout the Midwest. This has grown and is still a big part of our business today. Later in that decade, he moved to our present location on Wisconsin Avenue, the heart of downtown. In February 1982, Mr. Uhle sold his business to two of his employees, Jim and Jeff Steinbock who have dedicated themselves to keeping the Uhle tradition alive. The brothers excel at customer service and are very knowledgeable in all aspects of the tobacco business. In 2006 Jim retired from the tobacco industry. The Uhle Tobacco Co. still exists today.

Maker Mark U encircled


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Image Caption CMY001317

Description House of Uhle Pipe


Date FEB 27,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes Inside and rim of bowl has blackened from use. Mouthpiece/Stem are discolored and blackened. Mouth piece is worn with teeth marks.


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