|Title:||Meerschaum Smoking Pipe (1805)|
|Item URL:||Click Here To View|
|Description:||A mershuam smoking pipe. The year "1805" is carved on the pipe. A carving of either George Washington or a soldier of that time period. Also, 11 dots (1/4inch) are carved accross the lower front. It has a silver cap on the top. The color is a rich, dard brown. Also, carvings on sides and bottom (decorative). It has a cherry wood stem about 18 inches long. Excellent condition although the stem needs minor repair.|
|Condition:||not excellent but "very good"|
|Origin:||inherited from my grandfather|
|Appraised By:||Leslie Haltbakk|
|Appraiser Comments:||A soft white, gray or cream colored mineral which is really magnesium silicate. Because it was sometimes found floating in the Black Sea the germans thought it was petrified seafoam and called it "seafoam" or "meerschaum".
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