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Politically correct, it's not. But as an unusual old piece of Black Americana, it's certainly intriguing and very collectible.
This figural DARKIE smoking pipe is made out of a Bakelite-like material though doesn't test for Bakelite. It's carved with the stereotypical features...big white eyes, a row of smiling white teeth. He's quite a handsome fellow, even wearing a bowtie. There's a row of small white stars around his neck.
The word DARKIE is on one side of the pipe. On the other is an inset photo of a woman. The photo is under a plastic dome that's a bit crunched so her image is hard to make out. We were told this may have been a carnival prize where you could get your sweetheart's photo inserted on the pipe.
The pipe measures 5 7/8 inches long. The face (bowl) measures about 2 inches high. The top rim of the pipe has a few tiny nicks and there are two small fleabites at bottom edge. The inside of the pipe appears to have been used once or twice. This is a rare old novelty pipe in very good+ vintage condition.
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Old Black Americana DARKIE Smoking Pipe - Tobacco Figural
$195 USD SALE PENDING
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