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Meerschaum vintage smoking pipe Tobacciana

Meerschaum vintage smoking pipe Tobacciana

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Directory: Antiques: Instruments and Implements: Pre 1920: Item # 1420863

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This is not my area of specialty so I will attempt a best description. The smoking pipe is of Meerschaum, (for the German "sea foam"), actually the mineral sepiolite. Since the 1720's, the mineral, found mostly in Turkey, has been used in the fashioning of ornately carved smoking pipes. The mineral has been described as soft enough to carve yet hard enough to polish. The fad for such smoking implements reached a peak in Victorian times. By World War I the fashion had moved on to Art Deco and the classic wood bowl pipe. Pipes are still made in Turkey, which has banned the export of the mineral. Sepiolite is light enough that it has been known to float on the Black Sea, thus, the old German name. The bowl portion of the pipe measures 4" in height and about 1 1/2" in width, and the stem (probably amber) is about 5". The bowl and stem are currently separated; I am not clear how they are to go together, perhaps with a now-dried adhesive. I acquired this pipe at an estate sale in Beverly Hills some years ago, the sale said at the time to have been consisting of personal effects of actress Jane Fonda and her then-companion Richard Perry, the successful record producer.