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Meerschaum Pipes

Meerschaum Hand Carved Pipes

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3 Section Meerschaum Tobacco Cigarette Holder / Bat

3 Section Meerschaum Tobacco Cigarette Holder / Bat

Ref: CIG03

Hand Carved Meerschaum Smoking Pipe


Price: $16.95



Mini Claw Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe MPS007

Mini Claw Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe MPS007

Ref: MPS007

Mini Claw Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe with Plastic Removable Mouthpiece. Carved by skilled craftsmen


Price: $14.25



Mini Lion Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe MPS019

Mini Lion Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe MPS019

Ref: MPS019

Mini Lion Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe with Plastic Removable Mouthpiece. Carved by skilled craftsmen


Price: $12.25



Mini Bent Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Mini Bent Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Ref: MPS033

Hand Carved Meerschaum Smoking Pipe


Price: $12.25



Mini Sultan Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Mini Sultan Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Ref: MPS038

Hand Carved Meerschaum Smoking Pipe


Price: $12.25



Mini Unicorn/Horse Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Mini Unicorn/Horse Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Ref: MPS040


Price: $12.25



 Mini Topkapi Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Mini Topkapi Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Ref: MPS043


Price: $12.25



 Mini Wolf Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Mini Wolf Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Ref: MPS045


Price: $12.25



 Mini Zeus Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Mini Zeus Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Ref: MPS046

Hand Carved Meerschaum Smoking Pipe


Price: $12.25



Mini Almond Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Mini Almond Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe

Ref: MPS047

Hand Carved Meerschaum Smoking Pipe


Price: $12.25



History & Characteristics

History

Meerschaum pipes may develop rich coloring from both age and use.
The first recorded use of meerschaum for making pipes was around 1723 and quickly became prized as the perfect material for providing a cool, dry, flavorful smoke. The porous nature of meerschaum draws moisture and tobacco tar into the stone. Meerschaum became a premium substitute for the clay pipes of the day and remains prized to this day though, since the mid-1800s, briar pipes have become the most common pipes for smoking.

The use of briar wood beginning in the early 1820s greatly reduced demand for clay pipes and, to a lesser degree, meerschaum pipes. The qualities of the meerschaum were combined with those of the briar wood pipes by lining a briar pipe with a meerschaum bowl. Some[who?] believe that the meerschaum-lined briar pipe gives the porosity and sweet smoking qualities of meerschaum along with the heat-absorbing qualities and durability of briar.

Characteristics
When smoked, meerschaum pipes gradually change color, and old meerschaum pipes will turn incremental shades of yellow, orange, red, and amber from the base on up. When prepared for use as a pipe, the natural nodules are first scraped to remove the red earthy matrix, then dried, again scraped and polished with wax. The crudely shaped masses thus prepared are turned and carved, smoothed with glass-paper, heated in wax or stearine, and finally polished with bone-ash, etc.