Meerschaum tobacco pipe, Paris, France, 1850-1915

Made:
1850-1910 in Paris

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Meerschaum pipe and cigar holder, bowl in form of Turk's head, enclosed in case, Sommer, Paris, maker or supplier, French, 1850-1910

The bowl of this tobacco pipe is carved from a material called meerschaum – a white coloured clay like mineral. Easy to carve, meerschaum bowls can be ornately decorated with faces or human figures. This particular example is decorated with the face of a bearded man.

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:
A198242
Materials:
case, leather, velvet, cloth, cigar holder, sepiolite, cork, mouthpiece, amber, sepiolite
type:
meerschaum tobacco pipe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pipe - smoking equipment
  • tobacco pipe
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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