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Tobacconist's sign showing an army officer smoking a Churchw

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Standing outside a tobacconist’s, this carved wooden and painted army officer smoking a pipe would certainly have attracted the attention of potential customers. At a time when the numbering of houses and business premises was often absent, highly distinct shop signs were often the easiest way to locate them. Customers might, in this case, have been directed to ‘the sign of the smoking soldier’. Churchwarden tobacco pipes are characterised by their long stems and were often made from clay. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe



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