Carved meerschaum pipes

Carved meerschaum cigar holders are extremely popular and sought after by collectors. The craftsmanship of the trained carvers is sometimes beyond belief in their detailed and realistic creations. Many pipes are more likely to be an exhibition piece than a pipe to be used, but instead, they all have been smoked as you can see in the fine coloring of the patina.

The fashion of the meerschaum cigar holders, emerging in 1860, continues to flourish up to the 1920’s. In practically every household a meerschaum pipe could be found, although in the upper-class it was a commodity for daily use, while otherwise it was regarded as the Sunday’s pipe.

Most common are the cigar holders with carved claws, horses and dogs; they are made by the millions and spread over Western-Europe. Special designs were made by gifted artists who could invent unexpected scenes they carved in single copies.

In the early 1900’s the cigar pipe was gradually overrun by the cigarette and consequently the cigarette pipe. This should be mass-produced and therefore less artistic, without the realism in design and going down in quality. During the Interbellum this product vanished from the market and nowadays a meerschaum pipe is mainly a piece of curiosity. Especially tourists coming back from Turkey tend to take a meerschaum pipe as a souvenir.

Cheroot holder in leather cover, the inside with red velvet and silk, the outside with red leather. Austrian-Hungarian, 1880-1900.
Cheroot holder in cover, the base of the bowl  helt by a stylized bird's claw. Austria, 1880-1900.
Two cheroot holders showing the motive of a bird's claw, a subject repeted endlesly. Austria, 1880-1920. A stylized claw with holder for a cigar, the tip is of amber. Austria or Hungary, 1880-1900.
A simple meerschaum pipe imitating an animal bone. Germany, 1890-1920.
A carved cheroot holder in a leather cover showing a resting hunter with pipe. Germany or Austria, 1880-1900.
Cheroot holder in cover, on the stem two birds, the lid shows in gold the address of the shop. Germany or Austria, 1890-1920.
Large cheroot holder depicting an American Indian in traditional clothing. Vienna, 1870-1900.
Amusing pipe shaped like a human skulll, use over the years gave the item an attractive patina. Austria, 1880--1920. On the stem of this pipe two elegantly carved putti. Vienna, 1870-1890.
Pipe with hunting scene of mailny deers. Vienna, 1890-1920.
Cheroot holder with on the stem a standing horse, a subject that is executed by thousants over the yearsAustria, 1880-1910.
One of the many busts of ladies, usually with a large rimmed hat with feathers or flowers. Austria or Germany, 1870-1910.
Another hunting pipe showing a fox surrounded by bushes. Austria, 1880-1900.
Cheroot holder with animal's head, these type of huntig subjects are usually not from the finest quality. Austria or Germany, 1900-1930.
A more elegant and skillfull womans head, the holder for the cheroot in the top of the head. Austria, 1880-1900.
An amusing pipe with the bowl upside down the head of a hen, the cigar to be placed in the neck of the animal. Austria,1890-1920.
A large tobacco pipe with a flamboyant carving of a man with beard, moustace and waving hairs. Vienna, 1870-1900.
A nice portrait of a woman with pearls and flowers in her hair, a colar separates the bowl from the stem. Vienna, 1860-1890.
The same pipe now seen from the front the head turned to the left. Vienna, 1870-1900.
Portrait of a Zouave seen from the front, the coloring from the bottom going upwards, Vienna, 1880-1920.
The same pipe now seen fromt the side, showing the coloring from the use. Vienna, 1880-1920.
Cheroot holder in the shape of a horse head, the tip in real amber. Vienna, 1890-1920.
Cheroot holder shaped like a cresent moon, the stem in ivory.Vienna, 1880-1910.
Pipe showing the head of a boar, the stem is made from buffalo horn. Vienna, 1880-1910.
Another cheroot holder showing a horse head but with different details, the mouthpiece in amber. Vienna, 1890-1920.
Tobacco pipe in pressed meerschaum with the bust of Leonardo Davinci, Germany, 1860-1880.
Large portrait pipe showing the bust of the American president Abraham Lincoln, Turkey, 1930-1960.
Figural meerschaum pipe, the bowl hidden in a sculpture of a blossoming rose. Austria, 1920-1940.

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