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Meerschaum Pipes

These Topkapi Calabash Meerschaum pipes are imported from Turkey where they were hand carved by a master artisan. See below for more information.

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Topkapi Calabash #1

Bowl Height 2 7/8"

 
 
 
       
 
 
 


Bowl Inside Diameter 13/16"


Length 6 5/8"
 
 
Topkapi Calabash #1

Suggested Retail $390.00
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These Topkapi Calabash Meerschaum pipes are imported from Turkey where they were hand carved by a master artisan.

The design is inspired by the finials on the iron gates of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. The Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years (1465-1856.)

Although similar at first glance, each pipe is unique and is therefore a one-of-a-kind meerschaum pipe. Each pipe comes with a custom fitted case.These meerschaum pipes are coated in natural beeswax.

Meerschaum is a soft white mineral often used to make smoking pipes. It is opaque and off-white, grey or cream color. Most of the meerschaum of commerce is obtained chiefly from the plain of Eskisehir in Turkey, between Istanbul and Ankara. It occurs there in irregular nodular masses, in alluvial deposits, which are extensively worked for its extraction. It is said that in this district there are 4000 shafts leading to horizontal galleries for extraction of the meerschaum.

When first extracted, meerschaum is soft. However, it hardens on exposure to solar heat or when dried in a warm room. The first recorded use of meerschaum for making pipes was around 1723 and quickly became prized as the perfect material for providing a cool, dry, flavorful smoke. The porous nature of meerschaum draws moisture and tobacco tar into the stone. Meerschaum became a premium substitute for the clay pipes of the day and remains prized to this day.

When smoked, meerschaum pipes gradually change color, and old meerschaums will turn incremental shades of yellow, orange, red, and amber from the base on up. When prepared for use as a pipe, the natural nodules are first scraped to remove the red earthy matrix, then dried, again scraped and polished with wax. The crudely shaped masses thus prepared are turned and carved, smoothed with glass-paper, heated in beeswax or a stearine, and finally polished with bone-ash, etc.  (Source: Wikipedia).

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