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  1. gatorlope

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    Yes, it is a meerschaum! And the only cast bronze hookah I’ve ever seen! Kind of like smoking a Calabash.
    It didn’t have a hose, so I bought one and went to Home Depot where I jury rigged a connection using three different pieces of hardware.
    I haven’t been able to date it, but it is old ,possibly pre-Victorian!

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  2. wunkus

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    I just picked up this Meerschaum in Iraq. It is my first pipe made of this material and is fast becoming my favorite pipe to smoke.


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    It hasen't really started to colour yet because I don't smoke it that much. Unknown maker

    I don't care who you are, you're not walking on the water while I'm fishing
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  4. gatorlope

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    That one you found in Iraq...
    Do you think that it’s Turkish meerschaum or maybe from another source?

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  5. wunkus

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    The Kurd I purchased it from told me that he gets all his pipes from a guy in Turkey who also carves them there. As I am new to these pipes and Turkey is a bordering country, I didn't have a reason not to believe him. In fact I told the local that he should get more of these raw looking pieces (if he can) next trip and I would buy them.

    Is there something about the meerschaum that would cause an expert to suspect it came from somewhere other than Turkey?

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  6. gatorlope

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    This is a piece of rough that one of the carvers that I’ve bought from was kind enough to send me - from the Eskisehir region of Turkey - and I saw the difference in color.
    There used to be some sepiolite mines in Africa, but then mine might have been pressure washed after it came out of the ground.

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    Out of all my Meers love this Picasso , Friki Baki from the Bass collection

    The Old Cajun
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  8. wunkus

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    What size is that rock? I wouldn't mind getting a chunk like that for my own collection.

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  9. gatorlope

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    You won’t see too many... Turkey has banned the export of raw meerschaum for decades!
    You can find some pipes for sale like Wunkus has... kind of a free form pipe that is only a finished piece on one side.
    Also look for sepiolite specimens with gems and minerals, because it’s found in several places around the world. Turkey just got lucky and has the best!

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  11. gatorlope

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    This is my Yanik...

    I tried to drape the nude in consideration of the tender sensibilities of some of the pirates on this site, but she came out looking more like a refugee from a wet t-shirt contest!

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    First, in the vein of Meerschaum in its natural state:, here is this giant piece donated to CPCC for the auction at the 2018 show. It smokes incredibly well, but is definitely awkward due to its immensity.

    This urchin was a commission done by Sadik Yanik. Amazingly, it was only two weeks from the time I sent him photos until the pipe arrived at my home.

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  13. gatorlope

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    Absolutely one.huge pipe! Did they hollow it out to lighten it and give it a smoke reservoir like a Calabash?
    I’m not surprised that Yanik did quick work, considering the quantity that he alway seems to have on hand!

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    No, no hollow inside. It must weigh 10 ounces. It’s more of a conversation piece than anything else, though. The urchin is big too. It’s impossible to clench either of them. I do also have a conventional SMS bent Dublin which is at the other end of the weight spectrum. Maybe 19 grams and a beautiful pipe for clenching.

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    If you’re up to the challenge, you could try coloring it in!

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    This is a bit of an oddity.... I saw an English seller selling a “ceramic” pipe, cased and missing the mouthpiece. I figured that a two piece pipe in a custom case had to be something a little more special than just “ceramic”. So I bought it!

    This is the pipe with the insert removed and turned upside down. I figure that the insert is meerschaum - unusual design w/ very thin walls, but meerschaum, nonetheless.

    The outer portion of the pipe is very strange - it looks organic, but is polished like stone. You run your finger over the blemishes and there is no roughness, just a smooth polished surface.

    My first thought had been some sort of ivory, but Ivory would be softer and not so mottled in appearance. I suspect that it is actually fossil ivory...

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    Wow! That's an amazing piece. Do you have plans for a replacement stem? Gonna smoke it?

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    I definitely want to get a replacement stem and smoke it when I can, but who does that work and can I afford them?

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  19. wunkus

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    Wow! That huge chunk of meerschaum is awesome!

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  20. gatorlope

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    This might be my only SMS pipe... Still unsmoked, even though I’ve had it for over 40 years.
    One of my favorites, it has a mirror image Pegasus carved on the other side and Salim might be one of the best known master carvers, having a very distinct style.

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    I was offered a discount and PAD bit me.

    M. Dulger Fire Breathing Dragon:

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    That's an astonishing piece. How could you not be bitten!

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    Picked up another meer for only $30!

    Looks like a dog of some sort. It was listed as a CAO and comes with a case.

    Posted 1 week ago #

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