Meerschaum is a clay mineral (hydrated magnesium silicate, also known as sepiolite), which has been dried and polished and then carved to make the bowls of pipes. This example has a handle in the shape of a bone. The actual bowl for the tobacco and part of the meerschaum is a darker brown with the blackened end surrounding the small space for the tobacco. It may have also been used to hold a cigar or cigarillo. It is housed in its original velvet and silk-lined leather box to protect the delicate material – the top of the box is edged with gilt tooling. The pipe has an amber mouthpiece. This example is in very good for condition for age and its box opens and closes securely and has only minimal scuffing. As with the other examples currently listed, this would make an excellent addition to a collection of unusually shaped meerschaum pipes or as part of a general collection of tobacciana. Length of box is 6.5 ins (16.5cm). Weight 30 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 169.
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