Superb Antique English Victorian Meerschaum Pipe In Original Leather Clad Case With Polished Brass Hinges & Clip. Absolutely marvellous item and work of a master craftsman of the highest order.Please browse all 12 photographs for size, weight and condition as they are self explanatory. The pipe is in good order and the leather case in excellent condition. The case opens and closes with a lovely crisp snap. A fantastic collectors item from a bygone era. This pipe is from the Victorian era (1890s) and is well over 125 years old and in remarkable condition. Im not a smoker and have inherited this item from my late father who was a pipe smoker an avid collector of quality items. Im unsure if it can still be used as a smoking tool. I assume it can although I suggest its more an antique collectible piece. A Meerschaum pipe is a smoking pipe made from the mineral sepiolite. Meerschaum /mrm/ (About this sound listen) MEER-shawm or /mrm/ MEER-shm, German for foam of the sea is sometimes found floating on the Black Sea and is rather suggestive of sea foam (hence the German origin of the name, as well as the French name for the same substance, écume de mer).
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 smokers 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.
However it also comes with the need to let the meerschaum cool before cleaning the pipe and occasionally letting the briar rest after a few days of smoking, so it comes with the some of the drawbacks of both. The thinness of the lining can effect how long the pipe lasts and some smokers do not clean out the pipe causing the meerschaum to crack. 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. The item "Superb Antique English Victorian Meerschaum Pipe In Original Leather Clad Case" is in sale since Thursday, August 30, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectables\Tobacciana & Smoking Supplies\Smoking Pipes & Accessories\Antique Pipes (Pre-1900)". The seller is "santoor-uk" and is located in Salford, Greater Manchester.
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