Is it correct assume that Embossed Meers are pressed rather than carved from a solid block?
Second - are all Meer pipes that say hand carved actually carved from a solid block and not from pressed material?
I doubt you can assume either of those things. People can write any sort of nonsense in describing their goods on the internet. If you have specific pipes in mind, some here may be able to help you with those.
I have seen pipes advertised as such. The ones I have seen appeared to be carved. I don't see how a piece of block meerschaum could be embossed without crushing the block. On the other hand If a pipe were made with pressed meerschaum the outer surface would indeed be embossed. Hand carving could be done with either block or pressed. If you are referring to the pipes on FleaBay that I have seen I believe it is a false assumption on the part of an uninformed seller.
yep - take a look at Meerschaum Market and you will see several that say "Embossed".
I know little about Meers and am looking into them, but want to be educated before jumping in. I was suspicious of the price of such high level of detail for so low of a cost. Most say carved, some say carved from solid block meerschaum and others say embossed.
I justlooked these up. All the pipes I'm seeing which are called "embossed" are, in my opinion, most definitely hand-carved, they're just a shallow relief carving. They're still block meerschaum. I haven't encountered ANY full-size Turkish pipes, at least made since the 1970s, which appear to me to be pressed/chip meerschaum. I've seen some 60s and early 70s era, REALLY cheap pipes that I suspected might be, because the carved lines had lots of tiny flakes out of them, and because they'd been smoked heavily and hadn't colored.
Pressed meerschaum is definitely still being made. Many "minis" and very cheap small pipes use it, as do cups for calabashes. But full-size pipes, absolutely not.