''Navel tickler''?

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Has anyone encountered the informal name ''navel tickler'' for any type of pipe?

I'm enquiring because someone I know remembers that her father's pipe was known as a ''navel tickler'' in the family, and she wants to know what type of pipe it was.
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Boyntonsbenediction wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:40 am
Has anyone encountered the informal name ''navel tickler'' for any type of pipe?

I'm enquiring because someone I know remembers that her father's pipe was known as a ''navel tickler'' in the family, and she wants to know what type of pipe it was.
Welcome!

This sounds like it might be slang. I am almost afraid to try and search it out for you. :D
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Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:13 pm

Best I could find is a reference to it:
Ticklers - Shredded or cut tobacco - also known as 'pusser's leaf' - issued to the old Navy in half-pound tins at duty free prices. The scale of issue was one pound per person per month, as cigarettes or pipe tobacco. When you went foreign, the issue was doubled. Cigarettes which were self rolled from this source also became known as 'ticklers'. The actual origin of the term is most interesting, because around 1904 jam preserves became official issue, and one of the main suppliers were Messrs. Ticklers. A new class of rating joining for only twelve years service was also created about this time; these men much preferred the shredded baccy to the tough periques of pipe tobacco smoked (or chewed) by the old salts, and they were themselves immediately and rather disdainfully labelled as Ticklers. The shredded tobacco could also be made up into 'tailor-mades', by a contractor with a cigarette making machine mounted on the back of his truck which came around the larger shore establishments. These cigarettes would incorporate the ship's crest in the paper, obviously the antecedents of 'blue liners'. Note also the term 'Jack-me-tickler' - a sailor who knows all the answers.
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Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:19 pm

i think it is interesting that the rate of issue doubled when foreign. I like that 2 lbs a month rate. That seems about right.
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Have twice tried to post a reply thanking you, houtenziel, but it doesn't appear.

Third time lucky?

Edit: Yes!

You solved the mystery.
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