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    A Near Match to Thomas' (Rockbass') Ancient Meer?

    I was watching a couple of pipes on eBay when I noticed this Meerschaum pipe. Hallmarked for 1850, the orific is a slot (rather than round), and Thomas' has a proper lid rather than just a silver rim (silversmith not identified).

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Old-1850-...e/153240726895


    There seems to be significant interest in the eBay pipe, given that the auction still has more than a week to go.


    Thomas' meer is 1843, with all three parts hallmarked by a well-known B'ham silversmith of the time. BUT the 'bodies' of the two pipes look identical. Interesting?



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    [QUOTE=plugugly;277627]I was watching a couple of pipes on eBay when I noticed this Meerschaum pipe. Hallmarked for 1850, the orific is a slot (rather than round), and Thomas' has a proper lid rather than just a silver rim (silversmith not identified).

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Old-1850-...e/153240726895


    There seems to be significant interest in the eBay pipe, given that the auction still has more than a week to go.


    Thomas' meer is 1843, with all three parts hallmarked by a well-known B'ham silversmith of the time. BUT the 'bodies' of the two pipes look identical. Interesting?



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    The stem on the one listed at eBay is a replacement. It's a donor stem from a Savinelli Dry System pipe.

    There does appear to be a maker's mark on the silver work, but I can't make it out.
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    [QUOTE=Rockbass;277631]
    Quote Originally Posted by plugugly View Post
    I was watching a couple of pipes on eBay when I noticed this Meerschaum pipe. Hallmarked for 1850, the orific is a slot (rather than round), and Thomas' has a proper lid rather than just a silver rim (silversmith not identified).

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Old-1850-...e/153240726895


    There seems to be significant interest in the eBay pipe, given that the auction still has more than a week to go.


    Thomas' meer is 1843, with all three parts hallmarked by a well-known B'ham silversmith of the time. BUT the 'bodies' of the two pipes look identical. Interesting?



    IMG_4003.JPG

    Sorry, I couldn't find a photo that wasn't artsy.
    Chris told me to smoke latakia in it, but did I listen, well not at first. Now it is dedicated the latakia blends.

    In the interest of clarity and for the avoidance of doubt, Thomas did me a favour by taking this old article off my hands. It was my only meer and I bought it (for a song) because it had been found in a rubbish tip and I was curious as to its history - a piece of detective work, if anything. And that's what it turned out to be, with many Forum members contributing. Somewhere there is a thread (swan or ugly duckling? - something like that).

    I don't like meers anymore than I like cobs (is there some kind of link here?), so it was a pleasure to offload it to a pal who seems to like both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piffyr View Post
    The stem on the one listed at eBay is a replacement. It's a donor stem from a Savinelli Dry System pipe.

    There does appear to be a maker's mark on the silver work, but I can't make it out.
    That fits, Anthony - and it looks like a pit bull has been at it! LOL

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