|monthly magazine from January 1946 through April 1950|
|Franz Josef working at his desk and smoking a Regalia Media, one of his favorite cigars, in a meerschaum cigar holder, ca 1915.|
|Source: Pipes of Our Presidents|
Some time later, a certain Congressman Roy Fitzgerald of Ohio postured with the pipe in his mouth for the local newspapers, standing alongside its then owner, Lan O. Shank. (Fitzgerald is quoted as having said: "It is no better that the old reliable cob.") For a period, the pipe was on display at the Dayton Art Institute, but Rothaar placed it in a safe deposit box during WW II. Both the owner and the press claimed its market value as $2,000. The audit trail from then until about 1999 when the current owner purchased it is gossamer-thin.
This pipe is full of irony. Although much too large for the average smoker, it is, nonetheless, a tobacco pipe, yet the motif is the antithesis of smoking pleasure; many, including the current owner, have given it the appellation: "The First Smoke."
are at play, and a few are experiencing either their first smoke or its after-effects in this 18-inch-long landscape centered on a cauldron that is ablaze on its underside.
Note also the lush red amber mouthpiece.
From the Sarunas Peckus Collection.