AKB Meerschaum: Carved Floral Skull (Altay) (with Case) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-574-6089

Many of the floral skulls that we've received from AKB Meerschaum have been akin to sugar skulls, with crowns of roses adorning their craniums. This is not that, however, as this piece carved by Altay presents with an elongated form similar to those created through the process of head binding in the past. This pipe has been carved to showcase an elaborate ornamentation of filigree that, while having floral elements, also displays baroque detail that further sets it apart from its kin. Speaking of detail, the amount of work that has gone into carving the elements of the skull's visage is incredible, with hollowing in the temples that bleeds into the eye sockets, as well as behind the teeth to allow them to pop out more impressively, accentuating the almost alien look of this grinning meerschaum. The shank is trim, but muscular, and leads to a lengthy stem of swirling amber acrylic, matching the light tan stain of the stummel quite well and extending the reach of this pipe to over seven inches.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 7.20 in./182.88 mm.
  • Weight: 2.50 oz./70.87 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.22 in./30.99 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Carved
  • Material: Meerschaum
  • Country: Turkey
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