Meerschaum tobacco pipe, Europe, 1851-1900

Made:
1851-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Meerschaum tobacco pipe, bowl in the form of a basket of flower being supported by a nude female figure at front, amber mouthpiece with silver band, French(?), 1851-1900

This bowl of this tobacco pipe is carved from a material called meerschaum – a white coloured clay like mineral that was easy to carve. Female figures were a popular choice of decoration. Burns around the top of the bowl indicate the pipe has been well used.

Shredded tobacco would have been placed in the bowl of the pipe, lit and the smoke inhaled through the amber mouthpiece.

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A54836
Materials:
meerschaum, mouthpiece, amber, mouthpiece, silver
type:
meerschaum tobacco pipe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pipe - smoking equipment
  • tobacco pipe
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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