|Title:||Smoking Pipe Collection|
|Collection Description:||My husband and I inherited a pipe collection from his Dad who inherited it from an old friend about 20 years ago. I'm submiting 15 pipes for appraisal from this collection. We plan to sell these on Ebay - should we sell them all together and if not, which ones should we sell as a group and which ones individually? Thanks for you expertise and help. Stephanie Beck|
|Appraised By:||Judith Katz-Schwartz|
|Collection Highlights:||Peer Import handmade pipe
Briar root and nut pipe
18 inch carved meerschaum pipe
Carved figural elephant pipe
|Appraiser Comments:||In the world of pipe collecting, several factors determine value: condition, rarity, materials, signatures, size, elaborateness of design. Carved pipes are judged on the complexity, subject, and skill of the carvings.
If a pipe has damage, the mouthpiece is the least disastrous place, since muothpieces can be replaced. Damage to the bowl has a much greater impact on the value of the pipe.
As to whether to sell these individually on eBay, my advice would be to take the best ones and sell them individually, reserving one of the best to include in a lot of the rest of them. In other words, unless you leave one really good pipe in the group, there will be nothing to attract buyers to your lot.
A few notes about some of your pipes: The CB Moller pipe is Danish. The two metal pipes are not East Indian, but Chinese. They may be opium pipes.The long East Indian pipe with the things glued onto it features the god Guruda. The large carved pipe with the figural elephant is from Thailand. The briar root and nut (or seed) pipe is most likely Italian.
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