Estate Pipes: Misc. Estate: GTC Own Make Gourd Calabash with Meerschaum Bowl Silver Cap and Band and Bakelite Stem (c. very early 1900s)  

Product Number: 004-008-1930

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


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Nomenclature & Condition

STAMPING:
GTC {in an oval}
OWN MAKE (arched)

Condition: 4.5/5 Significant darkening and pitting of the meerschaum chamber due to smoking over time, plus dings and scratches on the silver cap and band.

Measurements & Other Details

 Length: 5.03 in./127.76 mm. Weight: 2.70 oz./76.54 g.
 Bowl Height: 2.33 in./59.18 mm. Chamber Depth: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
 Chamber Diameter: 0.95 in./24.13 mm. Outside Diameter: 2.08 in./52.83 mm.
 Stem Material: Other Filter: None
 Shape: Calabash Finish: Smooth
 Material: Other Country: South Africa


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