I should get both pipes in my hands this afternoon/tomorrow and I will post close up pictures of the clone verses the original. The guy who made the case makes meerschaum pipes and is well known on this and other forums and I think has advertised here in the past. He has indicated that he might be willing to do a limited run of 'cutty' pipes if there is enough interest as business has dropped off a bit recently because of this whole FDA situation.
I think that I would like a clone of that pipe also, except maybe without that flower on it. What's up with those meer carvers and their damned flower designs? Is that a symbol for Lakelands? :wink:
Great pipe and case!
Since so many clay pipes had that nipple, which I am pretty sure was a function of the mold process in making clay pipes, I suspect strongly it was simply copied to produce the glorious meer cutty.
OK guys here is the whole 'nipple' thing explained. On clay pipes it was known as a 'foot' and was used to hold the clay pipe by when smoking since the bowls got so hot. Towards the end of the late 17th century the pipes had a flat heal that allowed for them to be sat on a table or bench whilst cooling off. Whilst this was an eminently sensible idea like a lot of good ideas it never really took off. Strangely enough it is discussed at length in the archeology review section regarding the Cross London rail project. Most middle to late 19th century clay cutty pipes (i.e) the 6 1/2 inch and below pipes all had the 'nipple' and again this was to enable holding of hot clay pipes and was nothing to do with the pressing process. There is an excellent Youtube video that features Gordon Pollock of Pollocks of Manchester showing the press molding techniques used in volume clay pipe production and talking at length about production techniques. This brings us to the 'nipple' on meerschaum 'cutty' pipes. Originally the carvers were simply following the layout of the clay 'cutty' pipe but as the 19th century wore on the heal or 'nipple' got slightly thicker as seen on my pipe and on Simon's 'cutty' pipe. This was no accident since it acted as a 'heat exchanger' and enabled a noticeable amount of bowl cooling or certainly enough to make a difference when smoked. I talked about this at length on my blog and when this clever Victorian radiator is combined with the silver three pence at the base of the bowl it explains the dark coloration on a lot of my pipes. I hope that fully answered your question/s guys!