Turkish Estates: SMS Meerschaum Owl (with Case) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-653-5601

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 ideal 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 Owl from SMS Meerschaum.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Unsmoked

STAMPING:
O. IKIBAS
1988
  • Length: 6.45 in./163.83 mm.
  • Weight: 2.91 oz./82.55 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.25 in./57.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.53 in./38.86 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.93 in./23.62 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Carved
  • Material: Meerschaum
  • Country: Turkey
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