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A pipe for tobacco smoking typically consists of a small chamber (the bowl) for the combustion of the tobacco to be smoked and a thin stem (shank) that ends in a mouthpiece (the bit).
The stem needs a long channel of constant position and diameter running through it, and this is difficult to carve out of a pre-existing block. Because it is molded rather than carved, clay may make up the entire pipe or just the bowl, but most other materials have stems made separately and detachable.
Often a silver band is used to connect the bowl to the detachable stem. In the UK, sterling silver spigots (or ferrules) bear Assay Office's hallmarks which allow to date the pipes and obtain information about their maker, mounter or importer.
In most cases these objects weren't presented to hallmarking by silversmiths but by importers, retailers and pipe mounters who were identified in Assay Office's ledgers as "tobacconists", "pipe makers" or "pipe mounters".
The tobacconist is an expert dealer in tobacco in various forms and related accessories as pipes, lighters, matches, pipe cleaners, pipe tampers, ashtrays, cigar cutters or "novelties".
TOBACCONISTS - PIPE MANUFACTURERS - PIPE MOUNTERS
PIPES, TOBACCO, CIGARS AND FANCY GOODS IMPORTERS IN BRITISH ASSAY OFFICES

MAKER'S AND SPONSOR'S MARK: M
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BIR=Birmingham    CHE=Chester    DUB=Dublin    EDI=Edinburgh    GLA=Glasgow    LON=London
MARK
NAME
ASSAY OFFICE
DATE
TRADE
MF inside an exagon Maurice FLIXHER - London: Birmingham 1908 hallmark
Maurice FLIXHER - London Maurice FLIXHER - London: Birmingham 1908 hallmark
BIR
CHE

1910
fancy goods importer


MF into a rectangle
M.A.FRIEDLANDER Julia FRIEDLANDER trading as A.FRIEDLANDER & CO - Glasgow
CHE
1915
wholesale tobacconist
M.F. without outline FRIEDLANDER & CO - Glasgow







FRIEDLANDER & CO - Edinburgh 1934 hallmark
FRIEDLANDER & CO - Glasgow FRIEDLANDER & CO - Edinburgh 1934 hallmark
GLA
EDI
.
pipe mounter
M.F into a rectangle
Montague Alexander FRIEDLANDER trading as FRIEDLANDER & CO - Glasgow
CHE
1896
wholesale tobacconist
M Ltd into a rectangle
MARTIN'S LTD - London
LON
CHE
1914
1921
cigar shippers
M&M without frame
MILES & MILES - Birmingham
BIR
1883
pipe mount makers
MP into a lozenge NOT IDENTIFIED: London ? hallmark
NOT IDENTIFIED NOT IDENTIFIED: London ? hallmark
LON
.
.


M.T into an oval Marcus THEMANS - Manchester: Chester 1898 hallmark
Marcus THEMANS - Manchester Marcus THEMANS - Manchester: Chester 1898 hallmark
CHE
1895
tobacconist
M.T over H.T without frame
Marcus THEMANS Henry THEMANS - Manchester
CHE
1910
tobacconists
M.W without frame
Max Ehrigott WITTENBERG - Accrington
CHE
1900
pipe manufacturer and mounter

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