Lattice meerschaum pipe

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rockynrobyn

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Jun 26, 2018
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Hello everyone. I was in a second hand store that sells a little bit of everything and saw they had some pipes for sale. One of them was a bent billiard lattice meerschaum. It is unsmoked and felt quite light in my hand. I’ve never held a meerschaum pipe until this one so I have nothing to compare it to as far as the weight goes but it felt similar or maybe even a little bit lighter than my Brigham shape # 29 ( bent Apple ) briar pipe. I didn’t think to take a picture of it, but next time I’m at the store, I’ll see if they will allow me to take some pics. The price is $89.00. The store owner said the gentleman who brought it in claimed to have paid close to $200 for it. I’m wondering if there is a way to tell wether this pipe is made from block or pressed meerschaum?

Thanks

 

Chasing Embers

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Nov 12, 2014
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Wet your finger and touch the inside of the chamber. If it sticks, it's block.

 

rockynrobyn

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Jun 26, 2018
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@chasing embers.... hi, thanks for the help. I’ll do that. Do meers heat up quite a bit while smoking?

 

Chasing Embers

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They get warm, but not finger burning like morta and clay. If you puff on them a lot they can though.

 

jpmcwjr

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That seems steep if the pipe is nothing special, but may be a good deal if it's very well made. Photos would be indispensable.

 

cortezattic

Lifer
Nov 19, 2009
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I can't imagine doing intricate lattice work on non-block meerschaum; and the light weight also suggests block meerschaum. If the pipe is a standard size -- not a miniature -- then IMO, $89 sounds very reasonable for an unsmoked meerschaum.

 

rockynrobyn

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Jun 26, 2018
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I’m going to go down to the store and take some pictures up close and post them here. Thanks again.

 

akfilm

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Sounds like a great pipe. For an estate, no-name meer I'd drop $90 bucks in a heart beat for a bent lattice. My gut says it'll be a servi-meershcaum

 

jonasclark

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I'd assume it's block (pressed meerschaum is hard to carve intricately, and lattice takes some serious work). $90 seems fair, especially if it has a case. I, too, want to see photos.

 

rockynrobyn

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Jun 26, 2018
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Hi everyone, sorry it took me so long to get some pictures of the pipe, the price is $ 89.00. There is a small chip on the rim. Also, as you can see from the picture, the tennon has come out of the stem. I put a drop of water on my finger and touched the inside of the bowl and it stuck in multiple places. So what do you guys think? Is it worth the price they are asking?

 

rockynrobyn

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Jun 26, 2018
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Hmmm... not sure what I’m doing wrong. I followed the instructions for adding pictures to a post but it looks like I’m doing something wrong. I’m on an iPhone. Can someone pls help? Thanks

 

rockynrobyn

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Ok I got it figured out lol. So as I was saying, there is a chip on the rim and the tennon has come out of the stem. It is definitely block meerschaum. Do you guys think $89.00 is a good deal?

Thanks for any input.

 

josephcross

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Dec 30, 2015
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It looks like a nice pipe and I’d say it’s block, especially if it sticks. If you can afford it and like it, buy it. I also like the fact it’s unsmoked, I recently bought an estate meer and have had the darndest time evicting the resident ghost.

 

cortezattic

Lifer
Nov 19, 2009
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That does not look like a $200 meerschaum! The lattice work is "basic" -- acceptable, but not particularly ornate. Here's one from The Meerschaum Store, new, for much less. (linked image)


Also, you mentioned some kind of issue with the tenon. I'd take a pass on the one you found. The Turkish dollar is currently in a tailspin. We should be seeing brand new meers at really affordable prices.

 
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