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  1. jonasclark

    Meerschaum Pipe Identification and Origin

    I adore this pipe! You can probably get the metal parts polished up by Ric at Briarville.
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    Modern Meerschaum Pipes by High End Makers That Mostly do Briar Pipes.

    I, too, collect Bekler's "modern art" pipes, and would love to see photos of yours! I know Micoli has made a few meerschaums in his unique style.
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    Maybe I Bought a Fake Meerschaum Weed Pipe Instead?

    I don;'t really have experience cleaning meerschaums with alcohol. Yes, you could use it as a small pipe. They used to call very small ones "between-the-acts" pipes, for a quick puff at the opera. I still recommend having Rick Farrah at Briarville put a new stem on it. Yours is slightly bent...
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    1899 Hallmarked Meer Pre-Colored?

    In my opinion, your pipe was colored through actual smoking. It's very pretty. I think you bought well. Yes, pre-coloring was done via vegetable dyes such as oxblood and dragon's blood. Naturally-colored pipes usually color the most in the shank and lower bowl, like yours; pre-colors are tinted...
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    Maybe I Bought a Fake Meerschaum Weed Pipe Instead?

    Oldguyoldpipes, just send it to me and I'll tell you all about it! Cost: one old pipe (this one)! Serious answer: No, your pipe absolutely, positively IS real block meerschaum. Stem definitely not original-- it would have been amber and yours is lucite. The subject is Kaiser William, wearing...
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    CAO I Bekler Meerschaum Question

    CAO got Bekler in 1977, and he carved for CAO until the mid-2000s when he retired. Judging by the case, this is probably from anywhere between 1977 and the late 80s or early 90s.
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    Something a Bit Different Than The Norm

    Yes, this is called a lap pipe (because of how you smoke it), and it should have a long wood stem (usually cherry wood) with a horn mouthpiece. Yours is very nice.
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    CAO I Bekler Meerschaum Question

    Being a CAO-era Bekler, it probably uses a push-pull. Should come out easily.
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    My First Meer

    That's really elegant. Congratulations!
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    Meerschaum...or Mere Scam?

    I hope your African meer does indeed smoke well!
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    Antique pipes value?

    The revolver pipe is creepy, considering what it seems to imply, but judging by old pipe catalogs I've seen, it was a popular novelty pipe for decades. I've also seen a rifle version.
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    New (to me) Eyup Sabri meerschaum

    Thanks. I love items with good stories, and especially pipes. This one is sweet and a bit sad. I'll take good care of this pipe, and I promised that, in the far future, I wouldn't sell it for more than I paid. Who knows, might just give it to someone someday. They have to hear the history on it.
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    New (to me) Eyup Sabri meerschaum

    Thanks!
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    New (to me) Eyup Sabri meerschaum

    Thanks! P.S. is the "meerschaum" subforum gone? Via Google searches, I can find a few threads from it are still up, but I can't find a way to them from the site.
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    New (to me) Eyup Sabri meerschaum

    At the supermarket, chomping a Bekler poodle, a guy asked if I knew about meerschaums. He had one, in storage. It had a paper tag naming the carver. I talked about Bekler, and when I mentioned his first importer, Royal, used cards because he hadn't begun signing his pipes at that point, he said...