Meerschaum is considered the pinnacle of pipe materials and was used long before briar, the pipes we see today. Meerschaum is a type of soap stone and offers a few traits that can make it superior. It's lightweight, allowing you to hold the pipe in your mouth; porous, giving you a cleaner smoke; imparts no flavor, letting the tobacco "speak the truth"; and lastly, one of my favorite parts, it colors as it is used. Meerschaum pipes become more beautiful with age - starting out creamy white, transitioning to amber and finally a deep red. The properties of pipe tobacco, as well as oils from the smoker's skin, play into the coloration of a pipe.
Increasingly common today is "pressed meerschaum," which is the hotdog equivalent to true block meerschaum's ribeye. Pioneer's block meerschaum was mined 250 feet under ground in "Asia Minor" (Turkey). According to a Pioneer catalogue from the 1960's when this pipe was created, the Coral DeLuxe was hand carved and no two are exactly alike. Add in the coloration acting as a sort of fingerprint, many people believe a meerschaum pipe to be the perfect heirloom to pass down from generation to generation. Unlike a large majority of meerschaums, Pioneer pipes were crafted in America.
Pipe smoking is as much about the ritual as it is the tobacco itself. The process take time. For Native Americans, it is considered a religious experience. It breeds contemplation, relaxation and creativity. Both Samuel Clemens and Hunter Thompson enjoyed a classic meerschaum pipe. And for that, it's hard to argue.
This pipe has been professionally soaked, scrubbed, de-tarred and sanitized according to vintage pipe reconditioning techniques. Like all 50 year old items, the pipe retains the subtle character of a much loved, everyday use item.
Length: 6" (Type 9)
Bowl Shape: Apple
Marks: "P" "Block Meerschaum" (See images)
Original Selling Price: $50.00
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