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    My new Meerschaum

    I am going to give this Meerschaum a good going-over, but I have never tried any restoring job on a Meerschaum before.
    How do I go about removing the scratches on the bowl..? Will it be okay to use micromesh pads..?
    The rest of the pipe will be no problem, but I'm insecure about the bowl and any good advice will be greatly appreciated.


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    Congrats & Enjoy. Nice vintage Meer. Don't know if the battle scars can be removed on a Meer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truculentfrogs View Post
    Congrats & Enjoy. Nice vintage Meer. Don't know if the battle scars can be removed on a Meer.
    Thanks.
    I have seen it done on a Calabash cup but a large bowl..?
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    The scratches can be removed but, they'll take the patina with them, I'd leave it alone except for a gentle cleaning.
    That's a wonderful pipe and I myself have been looking for one but, just can't pay the prices they're asking for them nowadays.
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    I'm with Ron. That pipe has to be closing in on 100 years of age. Over time meerschaum becomes dried out and it becomes brittle. You can tell by how light weight the bowl is. I wouldn't risk touching the bowl at all.
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    I've come to my senses and will keep away from the bowl. Maybe heat it gently and apply some beeswax, polishing the silver and a general clean-up.
    I do not know if the wood is genuine ebony or just painted beechwood; the stem is probably kautsjuk covered in tightly woven horsehair and the bite is horn.

    Ron, if you're interested, I'll keep a look-out for one for you. Here in Denmark they cost next to nothing; people don't want them and my pipe supplier sold a whole bunch for $65 just to get rid of them. I paid $35 for the first one and had the other two thrown in for free and the seller even delivered them to my door.

    Bill, the pipe is older than close to 100 years. All three pipes dates back to the 19th century; unfortunately, there are no hallmarks on the silver which would have made the dating a little easier. Or maybe they're hidden underneath the grime on the inside of the lid.
    The largest is 60 cm long and the bowl and the reservoir weighs close to 400 grs, so it's rather heavy.
    I do think that the smallest looks like a cigar pipe.
    These two are Meerschaums as well though they have been lacquered.

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    2 beauties.

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    When I saw your first post I was shocked, now that your keeping it the same way, patina and all, you're making the right choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunstan Hillwell View Post
    I've come to my senses and will keep away from the bowl. Maybe heat it gently and apply some beeswax, polishing the silver and a general clean-up.
    I do not know if the wood is genuine ebony or just painted beechwood; the stem is probably kautsjuk covered in tightly woven horsehair and the bite is horn.

    Ron, if you're interested, I'll keep a look-out for one for you. Here in Denmark they cost next to nothing; people don't want them and my pipe supplier sold a whole bunch for $65 just to get rid of them. I paid $35 for the first one and had the other two thrown in for free and the seller even delivered them to my door.
    Really?! Thank you sir, that be great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RP McMurphy View Post
    Really?! Thank you sir, that be great!
    You are most welcome. I'll look and ask around.

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