Turkish Estates: Unknown Meerschaum Warrior Queen (with Case) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 004-653-5429
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, meerschaum was one of the most popular materials for carving pipes, predating briar by more than a century. Prized for its flavor-neutral smoking properties and unique ability to darken with patina while smoked, meerschaum is also immune to "ghosting" — absorbing a specific tobacco's flavor — making it idea for sampling a variety of different blends. More scientifically known as sepiolite, its common name comes from the German word for "sea foam," and is a reference to the naturally pale white coloration of the material. Its relative ease of carving while moist allows for the rendering of highly figural, sculptural pipes that are rich with detail, such as this Warrior Queen from an unknown carver. Richly rendered with a great deal of attention to detail and a stylishly striking eagle helmet, this pugnacious potentate has been paired to a well-bent stem of amber acrylic for easy smoking.-John McElheny
Measurements & Other Details
(no known stamping)
- Length: 7.00 in./177.80 mm.
- Weight: 2.98 oz./84.37 g.
- Bowl Height: 3.16 in./80.26 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 2.37 in./60.20 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
- Stem Material: Acrylic
- Filter: None
- Shape: Freehand
- Finish: Carved
- Material: Meerschaum
- Country: Turkey