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mso489

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Paging a Forums pipe historian, paging a Forums pipe historian. I didn't know that was ever a standard practice. I thought a Vulcanite stem usually came with a Vulcanite tenon. Members have assured me that bone stems are a good material choice, but that's most of what I know about bone as a pipe material.
 
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Ahi Ka

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Just found a post by @sablebrush52 in the nether regions of the archives. It has helped place a rough date range which I think we all probably assumes anyways:

 
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Not sure. I do have an Albertson with a horn stem and screw on tenon. That pipe is probably from the 50's. I haven't been able to find much on the make.
 
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BROBS

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I have a Peterson with horn stem and bone tenon. It’s a push tenon though, oddly enough.
 
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Ahi Ka

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Do you have some? Could you post a photo, please?
I have just purchased a bulldog, when it arrives I’ll put some pics up. The photos where really bad and there was no description in the listing apart from “pipe”. The seller said it has no markings on it but it looks unsmoked, has a screw bone tenon and orofic button
 

sablebrush52

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Would that apply to meerschaum pipes also?
No. Meerschaum continued to use screw in tenons for decades, though not necessarily bone. I'm assuming that there was more of a concern about cracking the shank by using a push tenon that led to continuing with screw-in assembly, but that's just an idle speculation.
 
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BROBS

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Most makers had abandoned bone tenons by the years around the turn from the 19th to the 20th centuries. They were dead meat by the early 1920's.
Have you ever seen a push bone tenon? I’ll have to snap a pic of mine tonight. It’s an unsmoked Ireland souvenir pipe with shamrocks etc. most likely a K&P second carved locally.
 
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