An extremely fine and well preserved late Victorian era antique Treen wooden novelty smoking pipe with stanhope peep in the form of a champagne bottle. The bottle is likely of sycamore or beech wood and has a butterscotch toned faux finish that resembles figured or curly type grain like that found on mahogany and maple. The whole unscrews in the middle to reveal the pipe stem and bowl. The stem is simply pushed in a hole in the side of the base of the bottle and it's ready to smoke. While enjoying a smoke, you can look into the top of the bottle and see the stanhope microphoto. In this case the stanhope view is a clear photo of the "The Bargate Southampton" England. The Bargate is a medieval gatehouse that was constructed during Norman times as part of the Southampton town walls, and acted as the town's main gate. The title is below the photo. It's a single image which makes this piece unusual. Most have a more common "multi-view". All of the metal parts are made of aluminum. Aluminum was quite valuable at the time this bottle-pipe was made. The front of the bottle bears a relief carving or impression with the inscription “A Souvenir From Southampton”, a charming example, overall the condition is excellent for its age, please see photos. This lovely piece measures 14cm high and has a diameter of 29mm at it's widest point. This bottle pipe was made in the late 19th century and was obviously never used. It is in near mint condition.
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