Meerschaum is a clay mineral (hydrated magnesium silicate, also known as sepiolite), which has been dried and polished and then carved for the use of the bowl of a pipe. This example is in the form of a lady's face and torso and is housed in its original velvet and silk-lined leather box to protect the delicate carving. It has an amber mouthpiece. What is particularly appealing about this somewhat Grecian lady is that she has a very décolleté outfit and is holding a fan and a posy in a posy holder. The condition is very good for age with some wear and staining to the box and lining but it opens and closes satisfactorily and this pipe has obviously been used. This would be a great addition to a collection of tobacciana. Case measures maximum length 5.5 ins (14cm), height 3.25 ins (8.2cm). Total weight 66 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 169.
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