......Our History
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The Pipe Club of London was
formed in 1970 in association
with the late Pipe Club of Great
Britain with a view to encourage
the appreciation of quality pipes
and fine tobaccos, and, to
promote the interests of
members by offering them social
entertainment and educational
facilities connected with pipes
and tobacco.

The Club is truly international in
scope, having approximately 300
members in twenty-six countries
around the world.

Meetings are held at various
venues in and around the greater
London metropolitan area. Please
click on the Club Calendar tab for
specific venues, dates and times.

All pipe smokers whether novice
or expert, men or ladies are
welcome to attend. Activities
include tobacco tasting, talks on
pipes and tobaccos, pipe-
smoking competitions, visits
to pipe factories--and the
camaraderie of like-minded
pipe smokers. [More
 HERE.]
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Club Officers
2014
   
 Life President
Peter C. Wiseman UK050L
& 1st Lady Bridgette Wiseman
Tel. 01689 607528
pcwpcol@webandmail.co.uk

 Chairman
Bernard Allotey UK372F
Tel. 0795 0605617
ballotey@fsmail.net

 Vice Chairman
Gottfried Panzer UK165L
Tel. 0208 8470983
gottfried@fastmesssage.co.uk

Secretary & Treasurer
John Green UK270L
jdgjohngo@yahoo.co.uk

Public Relations Officer
David Buist UK678F
buistd@yahoo.co.uk

Journal Editor
Laurence Kothari UK439F
laurence.pcol@ntlworld.com
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Committee Members
.for 2014 HERE.
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18 October - Saturday
Thatcher's Arms - CM13 3HU.
Full 2013 Club Calendar HERE.
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14 October - Tuesday
James J. Fox, est. 1787
19 St. James's Street (A4)
London SW1A 1ES
   
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.....CLUB MEETINGS
.............2014
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James J. Fox
2nd Tuesday of each month.
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19 St. James's Street
London SW1A 1ES

Time: 6:00 ~ 8:00pm
DIRECTIONS:
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HERE
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Thatcher's Arms
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3rd Saturday of each month unless
there's an away event planned. Always
check the Club Calendar for details.

Warley Street
Great Warley,
Brentwood
Essex  CM13 3H
U
Tel. 01277 233535

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm start
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STILL, they were a vast improve-
ment
on the 1830 invention of the
Frenchman Charles Sauria. Yes, his
matches were odorless and burned
more evenly, but this was due to
the addition of highly toxic
white
phosphorous (red is safe). Many

match factory
workers and some
match users were afflicted with
"phossy jaw" - a hideously
deforming gangrenous necrosis of
the jaw. Indeed, a single packet of
his matches contained enough white
phosphorous to kill a person.

Oh what a tangled web we weave!

BACK TO SWEDEN
Lundstrom's highly-touted  safety
match, patented in 1855, solved
both problems. Red phosphorous
was embedded in the sandpaper
outside the box (as we have today)
with the other ingredients on the
match head.
But, blast 'em, they
don't strike anywhere!
 









.....THE NOBLE VESTA
......Read more HERE.
A FLAMIN' QUIZ

What was the first match called?
1. a Vesta
2. a Lucifer
3. a Congreve
4. a Flaming Fusee
5. a fa chu
6. a Vesuvian

The Englishman John Walker
(1781-1859), chemist and
apothecary, invented the match
in 1857. He had the brilliant idea
of coating the end of a stick with
antimony sulfide, potassium
chlorate, gum and starch, and
letting it dry. When striking the
end of the stick on any surface,
VOILA'!, he could start a fire.
These friction matches he named  
"Congreves" - alluding to

Congreve's Rocket
(a military
weapon) invented in 1804.  A
former chemist at 59 High Street,
in Stockton-on-Tees, Walker's first
sale of these matches was on April
7, 1827 to one Mr. Hixon, a local
solicitor. Walker, who made little
money from his invention, died in
1859. He is buried in the Norton
Parish Churchyard in Stockton if
you'd care to visit and light up
your pipe in his honour - with a
match, of course.

BUT WAIT! Sorry. Truth be told,
an ancient Chinese text from 930
by
Tao Gu says: "If there occurs an
emergency at night, it may take
some time to make a light to light
a lamp, but an ingenious man
devised the system of impreg-
nating little sticks of pinewood
with sulfur and storing them ready
for use. At the slightest touch of
fire they burst into flame. One
gets a little flame like a kernel of  
corn."
Corn? Corn is native to
North America.  [Continue at
LEFT.]
   
   
   
The Noble Vesta
"Vest Pocket Fire Insurance"
Above: Queen Victoria's death vesta 1901-
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THAT confusing bit of information
notwithstanding, in another text dated
1270 by
Wu Lin Chiu Shih, we find that
sulphur matches - known as
fa chu or
tshui erh - were being sold in the
markets of Hangzhou during the time
of Marco Polo's visit. Thus endeth our
English boast.
Drat.








MEANWHILE, BACK IN ENGLAND:
STINKY, DODGY & DOWNRIGHT
DEADLY MATCHES

Not that our English matches
were
anything to boast about.
 Until the
invention of "saftey matches" by Johan
Lundstrom of Sweden in 1855, myriad
dangers persisted.
Samuel Jones, having seen John  
Walker's "Congreves," decided to
market them as "Lucifers." They were
highly popular with smokers, but,
when struck, had a ghastly odor. Too,  
these little devils could light off in
one's vest, or worse,
trouser pocket so
that neither one's breast nor bollocks
were safe! [Continued at left.]
   
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