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  1. fred

    ZEUS Meerschaum by EMIN Brothers

    I couldn't help it... Resistance was futile. http://pipesmagazine.com/members/fred/album/picture/3391
  2. fred

    Soberania De Las Islas...

    Sovereignty of the Islands, blended by Antonio Petti of Sentimiento Nacional, is a full English and Winner of Contest of CAP-III MADRID 2010, for good reason. In a wild cut of bright and dark Virginias, Burley, Oriental varietals and Syrian Latakia, it's central component comes from Brazilian...
  3. fred

    It's a Prince...!

    CLASSIC VINTAGE PETERSON MEERSCHAUM PRINCE ESTATE PIPE MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN. P-LIP Stem with PETERSON ‘P’ LOGO. http://pipesmagazine.com/members/fred/album/picture/3123
  4. fred

    Peterson Meerschaum Sherlock Holmes Squire Red Pipe #XL15R

    I've been looking at these Peterson Meerschaums for awhile and, you guessed it, caved in to the desire to own one... From what I can tell, Cup O' Joes is the only place that are selling them... It's another Bulldog in Block Meerschaum with a colored finish, nickel band and fishtail bit...
  5. fred

    PETERSON'S TAWNEY DELUXE MEERSCHAUM 304 ESTATE PIPE

    This one caught my eye... I was immediately doomed, without a hope of passing on it. It is the best looking 304 Meerschaum I've encountered and will make a great addition to my growing collection of African Block Petersons... HEIGHT OF BOWL; 1 3/4"; DIAMETER OF PIPE BOWL: 3/4"; LENGTH: 5 3/8 "
  6. fred

    Guilty Pleasures....

    For me, the quintessential Meerschaum Figural theme has always been the Fez. Alfred Dunhill displayed one on the cover of the first edition of The Pipe Book. There are more than a few versions of this theme as each Carver has his own spin to put on it. Sadik Yanik has a few as well, but he is...
  7. fred

    Ismet Bekler....

    After looking over this 1980 CAO catalogue, my first impressions are that Bekler tried to exceed his abilities with a large number Figurals that Cano showcased for him. He really did better with the Pipes he carved for Golden Horn, or at least the 1975 catalogue Pipes look better. Bekler was a...
  8. fred

    PETERSON ENGLISH ERA MEERSCHAUM BULLDOG

    Here's another Bulldog for the collection. I didn't take long to think this one over... PAD struck like lightning. PETERSON ENGLISH ERA MEERSCHAUM DIAMOND BULLDOG ESTATE PIPE MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN. CRAGGY BENT BULLDOG Shape with P-LIP Stem Stamped GREAT BRITAIN WITH PETERSON ‘P’ LOGO...
  9. fred

    Unsmoked Estate Golden Horn Seashell....

    This is likely an unsigned Bekler. Bekler was doing a lot of experimentation during this period with Golden Horn before Cano Ozgener recruited him for CAO. Another guy tried to snipe it, but fell short of the mark in the last few seconds, which is great since I got it cheaper than I thought it...
  10. fred

    Another Bulldog for the Collection....

    This is the only P-Lip that I've seen Fikri Baki carve & when I saw it, I knew that resistance would be absolutely futile... It should be in my hands in a few days. :puffy: http://pipesmagazine.com/members/fred/album/picture/2551
  11. fred

    Ben Rapaport's New Virtual Museum...

    I've just recieved word from Ben about a project that he's been putting a lot of time into lately. Currently, it's still its embryonic stage, but is already starting to become an impressive resource. Ben thinks that it is an excitingly informative venue for championing antique tobacco pipes in...
  12. fred

    And Now, For Something Totally Different...

    About a year ago, a friend picked up one of these. It has taken awhile, but I found the brother to his Figural.
  13. fred

    In the Dawg House...

    This first one is Baki's spin on the English Bulldog... http://pipesmagazine.com/members/fred/album/picture/1998 This second one is from the Peterson Sherlock Holmes Meerschaum series, and called the Baker Street... These are not easy to find, but I had help from Bob Gates from Pipes&Cigars...
  14. fred

    Schadenfreude

    Here's an article I've recently written and posted in another Forum. I thought that people here might be interested as well.... Schadenfreude By Fred Bass Just as the lemmings, driven by a sense of urgency, migrate to the sea, it seems to be part of our nature to seek pleasures that are not...
  15. fred

    Baki's Blowfish

    The more I looked at this one, the more I saw of Baki's art. What can I say...? Resistance really was futile. http://pipesmagazine.com/members/fred/album/picture/1802
  16. fred

    Meerschaum Myths

    Here's the article that appears in the February 2011 issue of The Pipe Collector. For those who've not as yet joined the NASPC yet, I encourage you to do so. These guys are fun. MEERSCHAUM MYTHS By Fred Bass The number of myths about Meerschaum Pipes rivals those of the pantheon of Greek...
  17. fred

    Under the Radar....

    This Estate Paul Fischer Prince looks to be in excellent shape and not smoked enough to really need much cleaning up. It displays the simple grace that Paul gave his Meerschaums, even in the traditional shapes such as this Prince. The Prince is an uncommon shape in the Meerschaum community...
  18. fred

    Bo's Shapes...

    There will always be discussion over Bo's signature shapes that will continue for a long time. Some contend that practically, all modern freehand pipe shapes take their lineage from Bo's work. Generally, the Sphinx, Ballerina, Ramses, Nut, Iron, Horn, Elephant Foot, Long horn, Fat Apple...
  19. fred

    Suggested Reading...

    Lately, curiosity has led me down the road to knowledge, which has no hazzard of traffic jams, about Meerschaum Pipes. I've been reading an amusing little book, The Art of Pipe Smoking by Joaquin Verdanguer. It's a collection of short essays and thoughts that were likely written originally on...
  20. fred

    Clay Pipes

    I saw this in another Forum and thought that you guys might enjoy watching this old clip about Clay Pipe making.... http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=47138