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Pipe Stand & Pipes - Ettore Checchi, circa 1880-1920 Object Reg. No: HT 22116

Summary:
Set of pipes which belonged to Ettore Checchi and were used by him in Melbourne during the first half of the 20th century. Ettore migrated from Florence, Italy in 1876, with two friends Pietro Baracchi and Carlo Catani. Ettore pioneered water conservation projects, including the Hume and Eildon dams.
Description:
Two tiered wooden pipe stand, top tier with series of 6 holes and base with 6 round intents. These act as a support to hold 6 tobacco smoking pipes. Pipes typically consist 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).
Pipe 1: Wooden stemmed pipe with 'corn cob' wooden bowl (maker's sticker on base illegible) and vulcanite, lucite or bakelite mouthpiece.
Pipe 2: Wooden stemmed 'Varsity' pipe with wooden bowl (maker's sticker on base illegible) and vulcanite, lucite or bakelite mouthpiece. Made in London.
Pipe 3: Aluminium plain stemmed 'Alco' pipe with wooden bowl and vulcanite or lucite mouthpiece. Made in England.
Pipe 4: Wooden stemmed 'Kaywoodie' pipe with wooden bowl (maker's sticker on base illegible) and vulcanite, lucite or bakerlite mouthpiece. Made in London.
Pipe 5: Aluminium stemmed 'Falcon' pipe with decorative central rope section, with wooden bowl and vulcanite or lucite mouthpiece. Made in England.
Pipe 6: Wooden stemmed 'Pollo de Luxe' pipe with wooden bowl (maker's sticker on base illegible) and vulcanite, lucite or bakerlite mouthpiece. Made in France
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Pauline Checchi, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 140 mm (Height), 300 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: astronomy, italian communities, italian immigration, healthcare medicine, pipes, civil engineering
Themes this item is part of: Great Melbourne Telescope, Pietro Baracchi, Astronomer (1851-1926), Establishing Mount Stromlo Observatory, 1911-1912, Star Observations & Personal Equation, Thomas Gaunt, Watchmaker & Jeweller (1829-1890), Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Substance Use - Tobacco
Tertiary Classification: smoking equipment
Inscriptions: Sticker under the base 'Made in the Philippines.'
Pipe 2: "Varsity / Made in London".
Pipe 3: "Alco / Made in England".
Pipe 4: "Kaywoodie / Made in London".
Pipe 5: "Falcon / Made in England".
Pipe 6: "Pollo de Luxe / Made in France".
Manufacturer: Thomas Gaunt - Thomas Gaunt & Co, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
Original Owner: Ettore Checchi, Victoria, Australia, 1900-1950
Other Association (See Comments): Pietro Baracchi - Melbourne Observatory

Lifelong friend of the owner Ettore Checchi.
References: Pipes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_pipe_(tobacco)
Ettore Checchi: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070635b.htm
Julia Church, Per L'Australia. The Story of Italian Migration, 2005
Italian Historical Society Photographic Collection, including image of Ettore Checchi smoking a pipe.

Comments

Bertie Posted on 11 Aug 2013 5:48 AM
Sir,
If Ettore Checchi died in 1950 as stated, the Alco and Falcon pipes could not have belonged to him as they were not made until circa 1959 - 1960's at the earliest.
Nick Larsen Posted on 07 Oct 2013 11:50 AM
Checchi would be insulted by this photo. You have the pipes upside down.
Discovery Centre Posted on 09 Oct 2013 1:38 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Nick, thanks for the comment, we store the pipes as they were donated to the museum.

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