- Feb 26, 2015
The level of carving on many of those old meers was more skilled by several orders of magnitude than we're seeing today. It would be like comparing Michelangelo's David to a pile of Chimpanzee poo.Have you guys ever seen the sort of meer carving that was done in the latter half of the 19th century? (not every pipe, of course, but premium examples)
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Indeed. The pipes carved in Vienna were true works of art. The tobacconist I bought my first pipes from had a wonderful collection of old meerschaums and he always lamented the quality of pipes that came out of Turkey.The level of carving on many of those old meers was more skilled by several orders of magnitude than we're seeing today. It would be like comparing Michelangelo's David to a pile of Chimpanzee poo.
I know what you're saying. I see a lot of cheroot and cigar holders and they tend to have narrower bowls. The Robusto I had with me was too loose in it.By the way, pappymac, in the late 1800s and early 1900s it wasn't uncommon for cheroot holders of all kinds to aim the cigar at an upward angle or even straight up. The tiny, J-bent antique meers with a little carving atop the low point were for cigarellos or cheroots, and my 1907 Missouri Meerschaum catalog shows tiny pipes of the sort we associate with Popeye which are designated as cigar holders. The pipe in georged's photo having horses and a yellow amber stem is a cheroot holder.