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KonsumerKevin

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Oct 2, 2021
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Hi friends,

A friend gifted this Dinkelspiel rack to me: it only confuses me.

1) Far too tall, even for my foot-long Churchwarden.

2) She guessed that drawer on bottom is missing, though I find none with drawers online.

3) Holes are less than 1/2 of my mouthpieces’ diameter.

Are the answers simply it’s for Churchwardens of unusual length, and that diameters have expanded in the last 100 years, and that the space underneath is for boxed matches?

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ssjones

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Makes no sense as a tobacco pipe holder. We're a nutty bunch, but no one would have 10, matching clay pipes of that length. It must have some other purpose - they are frequently shown on Ebay, and listed as tobacco or spoon holders. I'm not certain either is right.
 

DrumDaddy

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Nov 11, 2021
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Hi friends,

A friend gifted this Dinkelspiel rack to me: it only confuses me.

1) Far too tall, even for my foot-long Churchwarden.

2) She guessed that drawer on bottom is missing, though I find none with drawers online.

3) Holes are less than 1/2 of my mouthpieces’ diameter.

Are the answers simply it’s for Churchwardens of unusual length, and that diameters have expanded in the last 100 years, and that the space underneath is for boxed matches?

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Without scale or dimensions, I was going to guess a fishing rod holder…looks a lot like one in my garage
 

KonsumerKevin

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Oct 2, 2021
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98200A4F-E891-4131-B0D7-F7EEE6955A65.jpegAlas, no other function for them materializes. About 16” from top to bottom, ergo only old, very thin Churchwardens, as I posited?

I like the wineglass idea, but none found on the interfacebookwebs, as you see here.
 

KonsumerKevin

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Oct 2, 2021
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Its easy to say it's a pipe holder, but why no pics of it holding pipes?

I agree those slots look too narrow for pipes.
Posted a picture of my Google search results. No idea as to why this was ever sold as a pipe holder – wondering if the fashion of a century ago was as I posited in my posting above.
 

wecamps24

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Sep 24, 2010
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I'm very curious to see any pipes old or new actually placed in the rack. Nothing I have ever seen pipe wise would fit by looking at the pictures shown. I am thinking more of a display rack for jewelry say necklaces or bracelets? Wish we could ask Mr Dinkelspiel what it was designed to be used for.
Definitely unique...