Antique Calabash Pipe, Edwardian
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A very fine antique, Edwardian Calabash pipe. This type of smoking pipe was popularised by the use of the shape by Sherlock Holmes and is often lovingly referred to as the Sherlock Holmes pipe. The Calabash was introduced to England following the Boer War era by HL Blatter, due to a shortage in materials for the traditional meerschaum, Blatter was first laughed off with this new design however it took off in the Edwardian era. It is made from Gourd and there was a long and specialised process in ensuring the gourd was of the perfect shape, the fancy bent shape synonymous with the Calabash. This is a fine example of a Calabash pipe, traditional gourd bowl with a sterling silver cap and collar, it has a rich baltic Amber stem, very well made. The collar is fully hallmarked for Birmingham, 1906, maker Auguste Dreyfus. The stem unscrews nicely from the pipe for cleaning, and it holds in well when affixed with no looseness. It comes all packed safely in its original leather bound and velvet lined case. Condition: Very good used condition overall, some wear and nibbles to the Amber mouthpiece, light patina to the silver, previously smoked. Approx measurements: (out of case) 7" total length 3" bowl height 3" stem length Any questions or queries please contact us. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.
StolenAttic has clarified that the Antique Calabash Pipe, Edwardian (LA223742) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being C1906
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