Auction Adler collection
14 December 2017
The pipe collection of John Adler, deceased earlier this year, was auctioned yesterday in the English town of Colchester. As a member of a family of pipe manufacturers and traders, Adler has been involved throughout his life in the production and especially the wholesale in pipes in England. In addition to his profession, Adler was also active as a collector. Over the years he brought together a wide range of pipes, although his passion was with meerschaum and briar. Reeman Dansie Auctioneers were now allowed to bring his collection to auction. Despite the late announcement, an international audience was present and the lots were sold for serious prices. For our museum we were able to acquire over sixty items that are a nice reflection of John Adler's passion for the pipe. One of his favorite pieces was a large meerschaum pipe bowl depicting a battle with Napoleon as the central hero.