1917 WW1 Pipe Question

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James Forbin

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Hey Community

I'm restorating old family photos and do re-colorations.

On this photo from 1917, taken near Verdun, my grand-grandfather is smoking this kind of pipe - and i was getting curious about it.

It seems to have a little type of dome on top and also some kind of foot/stander at it's bowl (wich seems unusual) - was searching the web but couldn't find any similar - so you specialist here are my last hope.

Can anyone identify this (kind of) pipe and deliver a photo?

Thanks for your Help!

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condorlover1

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Iron Cross ribbon, trench watch with quick release clasp, maybe German or might have been a battle field pick up. Not sure about the badge on the tunic. He certainly has that haunted look in his eyes. Did he survive WW1?
 
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mortonbriar

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I hope you are able to gather a story together around this photo/ancestor. The way his face is lit, in combination with his expression, makes it seem like a still taken from a film set!
 
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mso489

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There is a World War I museum in Kansas City, Missouri, that likely has extensive archives as well as lots of personal effects from the war, from all sides I feel sure. If you could send them the photo electronically or as a photo copy that shows the pipe clearly, they might be able to shed some light. I copied the military information off my wife's dad's grave marker and they were able to decode the acronyms. He was a teenage soldier during World War I who suffered a permanent disability from poison gas. He met General Pershing, a fellow Missourian, when the general had the ranks standing for inspection do an about face, and he inspected the back ranks! He picked out my wife's dad as a fellow Missourian and had a short chat. Later as a Veterans Hospital patient, he met Bess Truman when she was a judge's wife (Harry was just a judge then), and he met Abbot and Costello. He had sessions in Vets Hospitals his whole life, but made it into his late sixties.
 

James Forbin

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Hey guys - thanks for your help!

i guess snagstangl nailed it, so i have to rethink my coloring...

He was my great grandpa, on that photo he is about 17 years old, serving the austrian-hungary army (was prussian by its own), was a pilot/observer so he haven't died in those trenches... (didn't served in ww2) - was a pilot in brasil after ww1 - went back to germany, died in the late 60s by accident
 

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