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Another Estate Find

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  1. gmwolford

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    I wanted to share this estate find I fell into while we were in Tennessee. The photos were taken in the truck right after I got it.

    Soon after getting it I noticed a very small hair-line crack on t he underside of the shank but it doesn't seem to affect it at all. I've only smoked it a few times so far but there are definitely no complaints: cool, dry, and good draw. For the enormous sum that I paid for it ($10) I can live with a small crack and that yellow stem!

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    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. baronsamedi

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    Somebody really loved that thing. I'm sure it has a good home now!

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  3. gmwolford

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    It does I need to get me some white/clear beeswax for it and the new Storient. I have the "natural" yellowish but don't think that is the proper stuff to use, is it?

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Nice meer Greg... I would say go with the white beeswax.. Congrats and enjoy the new pipe...

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    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. gwtwdbss

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    That's a really nice find Greg! Way to go!

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    Greg if that is an African block Meerschaum as it appears to be in your photos I don't think you should apply beeswax to the finish.I have several African Meers and have never applied beeswax to any of them. The block is not as porous as Turkish Meerschaum. Where is Storient when You need him?

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    That's awesome... and at $10 you can't go wrong at all.

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    Posted 6 years ago #
  8. seakayak

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    A great meer at a fantastic price! Sometimes we get lucky. That pipe was loved by its former owner. Treat it equally well and it will serve you for years to come. The location and size of the shank crack say it shouldn't be a major problem.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Ten dollars well spent. Congrats on a great buy.

    "Supposin' I was to go to work and learn how to... to read writin'. Well, how'd I know that the feller that... that wrote the writin' was a writin' the writin' right? See it could be that he wrote the writin' all wrong. Here I'd be just a readin' wrong writin', don't ya see? You probably been doin' it your whole life, just a readin' wrong writin' and not even knowin‘ it." -- Festus Haggen (Gunsmoke)
    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Great find! I think if you put white beeswax on it then it might affect the beautiful coloring on it. Because it looks so shiny from the pictures it doesn't look like it needs any.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  11. gwtwdbss

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    I am in no way a meer expert but that sorta does look like an African meer. In that case I believe I would follow Keith's advice. He know's his stuff, especially when it comes to African meers. I don't think the wax will hurt it but it definitely wont get the benefit of a wax like a Turkish meer would. As for the Storient meer, I have used the white beeswax on my #11 with great results. I haven't applied any wax or smoked my PM meer yet.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Good snag, Greg. I know nothing about meers, but even with that yellow stem, it's a lovely pipe. That bowl is coloring beautifully and I hope it continues to be a great smoker for you.

    That said, could somebody give me a short discourse on the beeswax? I put on the yellow stuff our good friend, Beewrangler, sent me to tighten stems, but do you guys smear the white beeswax on your bowls? How come?

    And if nobody objects to one more question, why meer over briar?

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    Yavuz told me that the color of the beeswax can color the pipe that color. Although it it is brown I doubt yellow beeswax would change the color much. If you have a rather white pipe then you would want to use the white beeswax or it would look a little yellow.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  14. gmwolford

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    I honestly don't know of its African or not; how can I tell?

    It feels smooth-ish except for on the front, so I thought the wax may have worn off. I'm not in any hurry to do anything to it so ill wait until I know for sure and have what I need. I'm holding them both (especially the Storient) by the stem when I smoke them to keep them free of smudges, etc.

    Here's a photo if the crack. I took it to keep track of if it worsens.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Great find!

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    Posted 6 years ago #
  16. gwtwdbss

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    I wonder if ya can dab a little crazy glue on the end of that stem?

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    For $10 I wouldn't be too mad about the crack either.

    As long as I got a pipe full of baccy and a nose full of snuff, I'm a happy camper
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    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Maybe put a metal cap on the shank to prevent it from cracking further.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Thats a beauty!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  20. gmwolford

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    Super glue- intriguing thought.

    I have/am thinking if having it banded. I just wasn't sure if that was a good idea on a meer.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  21. keith929

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    Greg, that is most certainly an African Block Meer. Stay away from Super glue. The best fix for that crack is banding. You don't have to worry about handling those type Meers as the block is denser than Turkish meer(not as porous). Beeswax won't have much affect as African Meers are pre-colored. Great find for 10 bucks.
    As a special favor to you for a small fee I can perform a secret African healing ceremony over your pipe that has been know to work miracles.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  22. gmwolford

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    Keith, thank you for the info. And I laughed so hard when I read of the secret healing ceremony I nearly dropped my phone!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  23. damnyak

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    What a slick pipe..Beauty for sure!!

    -damnyak AKA Double-Goofy.
    Posted 6 years ago #
  24. rigmedic1

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    I have a straight stem like that, which I purchased at a Wilson's Department Store around 1983 or so. There were no identifying marks on the box or the pipe then either, and it came with a pigskin tobacco pouch. $25.00 for the package back then. It has been a good, serviceable pipe, but I don't care much for the stem on mine.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  25. gmwolford

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    That looks almost exactly like it. I don't care for the stem either. It's kind of a plastic, slick feeling thing and I almost have to use a softy bit to smoke it. The yellow color doesn't add to its appeal for me either. I didn't score the case with mine: dang it!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  26. smeigs

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    best way to spend 10 bucks in my opinion!

    “A pipe in the mouth makes it clear that there has been no mistake–you are undoubtedly a man.”
    Posted 6 years ago #
  27. imrandy

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    Its twin got these local

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  28. gmwolford

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    Those are great looking! Cool to have a "pair", too. It doe appear that they are identical. Yours have any markings?

    Posted 6 years ago #
  29. yaboofive

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    congrats great find.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  30. imrandy

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    No markings i can see there looks like there may have been something on the stem but then again it could just be some scratches they almost look like gold tint but i cant tell for sure I did snag the set for 30 bucks pulled them out of a box stuffed with pipes these were on the bottom but i could see just a glimps of white when i looked down through the glass

    Posted 6 years ago #

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