|Title:||Antique Burr Wood Pipe|
|Description:||A very old Meerschaum style pipe from Elgin Illinois|
|Condition:||There is some petina on the silver/pewter portions and som nicks and scratches in the wood.|
|Provenance:||This has been in the family since it was given as a gift.|
|Appraised By:||Anita Bartlett-Picarella|
|History Of The Item:||Hello, this is Anita Bartlett-Picarella from New York.
Your request for an appraisal has been referred to me for reply. I have closely examined the information you submitted. My findings are based on this information.
I would not say that your pipe is a Meerschaum rather it is late Victorian burr wood pipe, complete with pipe stem, 19th century, silver mounted, with inscription and lovely monogram. The pipe does not have an unusual carving but it does have lovely fittings and is well marked. It appears that this pipe was a "gift" commemorating a special relationship. I am sorry that I cannot find out information on the names or what they meant to each other.
Although you mention, Elgin, Illinois, I believe your pipe was actually made in England.
Following is information regarding Meerschaum pipes for your reference only:
Nearly 300 years ago, the first meerschaum pipe was carved by hand. And today, these unique pipes are still carved by hand. Meerschaum is actually hydrated magnesium silicate (H4Mg2Si3O10) and is a mineral found in shallow deposits mainly around the city of Eskisehir in central Turkey. It is prized for its plasticity which allows it to be carved into many decorative and figural shapes. It has been used since the 17th century and, with clay pipes, represented the most common medium for pipes before the introduction of briar as the material of choice in the 19th century. The word "meerschaum" means "sea foam" in German, alluding to the belief that it was the compressed whitecaps of waves, just as it is said in mythology for the goddess of beauty - Aphrodite. It is of an opaque white or cream color and when first extracted is soft and easily marked, but it hardens on exposure to the sun or when dried in a warm room or in a furnace. However, meerschaum is a very porous mineral that acts as a "natural filter", absorbing elements of the tobacco during the smoking process, and gradually changes color to a golden brown. Old, well-smoked meerschaum pipes are prized for their distinctive coloring
|Appraiser Tips:||There is nothing to do with this pipe.|
Following is a link to a comparable sale of an 18th century pipe, very similar to yours but without all the "trimmings".
I hope you are able t click on this link to see the similarities in style.
|Appraiser Comments:||My findings of value have been based on comparble sales for fair market value.
The replacement value would be substanitally higher, if this pipe was being offered for sale by a dealer or gallery.
Based on my research, it is possible that your "pipe" is an 18th century example, with later silver fittings.
It is rather immaterial whether or not the silver fittings are "sterling" as the value for the pipe rests with it's form, fittings and historical inscriptions.
Again, I am sorry I could not find information relative to the names.
Keep in mind that the values listed below can vary depending upon how and where marketed, locale, and may vary across different collecting disciplines.
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