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From Pipes, Artisans and Trademarks, by José Manuel Lopes

Kemperling is the brand and name of an Austrian factory. The company was founded in 1834 in Vienna by the well known turner, Anton Kemperling. Since 1944 it has been in Mattsee. It is run by Dieter Kemperling, the fourth generation of the family in the business.

He prduces briar pipes, Tyrolian pipes (briar and prcelain) and other wooden items, such as statuettes and religious figures. He makes 10 thousand pipes a year for the internal market and export (Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, and the U.S.0

Olly wrote with the following information and description regarding his recent acquisition:

"I recently acquired a very nice little meerschaum pipe in it's original case. To try & find out more about it I looked at pipedia & found various contact details for this company. Unfortunately none of them worked and when I tried looking up A.Kemperling Gmbh it comes up as 'company no longer registered' or words to that effect.

I would love for you to be able to prove me wrong, but sadly I think Kemperling's is no more.

If you are interested, I have attached a few photos as I can find no reference to kem's ever making meerschaums. Only the case is marked, so perhaps it's not the original?"

To my eye, the case does look original--the pipe certainly seems to fit well.

Contact Information: Note: As discovered by Olly Sagar, the information bellow is no longer accurate. We will leave it in place in case it is helpful to researchers. If you have current contact information, or know other details about this company or its apparent demise, please add them here, or send the to, and we can add them for you.

A. Kemperling GesmbH & Co. KG
Hinterwartstein 9
5163 Mattsee

Phone: +43(0)6217 52280
Website: Salzburger Pfeifenfabrik Kemperling