- Sep 13, 2015
I beg to differ. Disagree with smokingpipes.com The "amber or whatever", I will trust you on it. Though I must ask, does acryllic not get etched by acetone like other materials? Surprising that it would pass the tests recommended. As I don't know well...much of anything really in meer dating and material...The Esterd...Trust me, It's Ivory. Believe, or believe not, I am certain.This unusual find is a combination of the work of two different Japanese firms. Esterd is a sub-branch of the famed Tsuge pipe company, which provided the hand-carved Billiard bowl and its silver band. The ivory stem, however, comes from Hakusui Ivory Company; best known for producing fine ivory netsukes and jewelry, they appear to have begun importing into the USA during the latter half of the '50s, and quite a bit of their work can still be found amongst internet vendors of vintage goods. Our best guess on a date for this pipe would be sometime during the 1960s.