It's interesting to come across an artifact that's both very old, and yet also bears a material that was new and innovative at the time of its creation. I almost said "space-aged" there, but, considering this pipe is somewhere in excess of ninety years old, that very term itself would have a thing of the distant future in its creator's day. The material in question is of course Bakelite, invented in 1907. Aside from sporting a material that was cutting-edge for its day, as you can see there's also a whole lot of sterling silver. Another unusual aspect is that this gourd doesn't
feature a removable chamber - the meerschaum is firmly fixed in place. This quirk of construction, along with the heft of all that precious metal, lends the pipe an unusually weighty and solid feel for a gourd Calabash.
- Eric N. Squires