The majority of pipes, antique or modern, hand-crafted or machine-made, are fashioned from briar (French: bruyère). Briar is a particularly well suited wood for pipe making for a number of reasons. The first and most important characteristic is its natural resistance to fire. The second is its inherent ability to absorb moisture. The burl absorbs water in nature to supply the tree in the dry times and likewise will absorb the moisture that is a byproduct of combustion. Briar is cut from the root burl of the tree heath which is native to the rocky and sandy soils of the Mediterranean region.
This wonderful vintage briar hunting pipe, of German or Bavarian origin, is a piece of art. The bowl and first section of the stem is a black carved briar, the second section of the wooden stem is ebony color and the curved mouth-piece is undoubted bone or horn; the metal wind cap, with four vents, has aged patina and the base of the pipe is a rich brown wood with carved cross-hatch band around the base. The pipe is pre-owned and in very good used condition, with dried tobacco still in the bowl. Dedicate in size, the pipe measures 4 1/8" in height and 1 1/4" across the base. Stamped "Bruyere" on the bowl. A great addition to your tobacciana collection or for your occasional personal enjoyment.
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