Meerschaum Identity?

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zack24

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Another auction pickup last week- came in without any identifying marks or stem...The big challenge is that the sterling cap has a lip- partially broken. There is about .7” deep hollow from that rim to where the meerschaum shank begins. The only thing I can figure is that there was a female bone thread inside that space that someone pried out when it stripped...so some questions- Any idea what the stem could have looked like on this one? Is there a good technique for removing a silver ferrule without crunching the meerschaum? Since that lip is trashed anyway, i’m considering cutting off the lip which would leave me with a band and allow me to glue in a Delrin insert for a 1/4” push tenon...and unless there’s a better idea might use an old church warden stem I have...









 

uncleblackie

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I think he was agreeing with my suggestion, but I’ll let him confirm that.
Here’s my M.T. Natural, made in Holland:


This is what I had in mind.

 

menuhin

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Oct 21, 2014
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Very elegant shape with nice coloring.

Closer to an artisan tomato shape and better colored than this one:

Can't wait to see it gets a new stem in this swan neck style.

 

zack24

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I’m sold...I like the way that shape works...now all I have to do is figure out how to cut the flange off and make it look good...:)

 

jpmcwjr

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Yes! Look forward to the new stem married to a lovely stummel- and yes, my agreement was re the swan style. Maybe a touch shorter than those shown due to shorter stummel? Or would the opposite apply?

 

zack24

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The length I'm not sure of...I'll have to do some drawings...shank is shorter than the 120s, so maybe a little longer...