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Travelling smoking set, Europe, 1815-1820

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The set contains everything for a travelling gentleman’s smoking needs in the early 1800s. This includes a large meerschaum pipe bowl (meerschaum is a clay like material), a choice of three stems and seven mouthpieces, one tinder pouch with steel flint attached (to light the pipe), one ivory tamper in the shape of a finger (to pack tobacco into the pipe bowl), and one long slender bristle brush for cleaning the pipe. The gentleman smoker came to the fore during the 1800s. In a time before the mass production of cheap cigarettes, pipe smoking was the preferred method and among wealthier gentlemen it became a serious hobby. Aside from the numerous varieties and mixtures of tobacco and the many pipe related accessories, there was a large range of books and periodicals devoted to the habit.

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