I thought the OP was about (gourd) calabash pipes.Wow!
It sure does look like Birmingham 1910.
Hsllmarks don’t lie.
When I got this pipe, that sliver mount was coal black, the top was solid black across, but the high grade vulcanite bit didn’t need much polishing.
This is one of the joys of our hobby.
By common agreement Lee switched over from a 7 pointed star to a 5 pointed star about 1950.
So this pipe must be over 70 years old.
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Pipes are like nice firearms, in that they don’t really change, and they can last for centuries if well kept.
As to cleaning the inside of the gourd, that was a real issue for me at the time I had my only gourd calabash. Over time, the oils/tars(?) developed unattractive dark staining at the base of the gourd. I hung onto it though til the bowl ended up cracking.This is my current Calabash, which is not a best quality pipe, but an excellent smoker.
The meerschaum bowl isn’t removable. I removed lava from the top that exposed some very tiny surface cracks on top of the rim of the bowl, which haven’t yet deepened.
I’d appreciate anybody that can decipher the hallmarks on the sterling silver ring to let me know who made this, and when.
It does seem to be made of a real gourd, and has a good vulcanite bit.
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That's a gorgeous bash.