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Meershcaum tobacco pipe, Bavarian, 1790-1830.

Hills, Jennie

Meershcaum tobacco pipe, Bavarian, 1790-1830.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


Pipe with meerschaum bowl and silver mounted on ivory stem. Clay pipes were by far the most common type used in Britain in the 18th century. Their price was within reach of most people. The larger pipes have bowls made of meerschaum, a type of soft stone that is easily carved.

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