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    Dog head pipe info

    Hello all, I recently received a dog head pipe with a hard leather and felt case. There arenít any markings that I can find. The stem has become detached from a ridged shank, which is stuck in the pipe. I am not sure if it is supposed to be removed. If anyone has any information on this pipe or one similar, I would greatly appreciate it.
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    Looks like an old screw on stem and possibly a meerschaum pipe maybe? Stem is too dark for amber but it also could be as well. Mystery pipe.
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    Nice pipe. That's an old meerschaum with an amber stem. Without identifying markings of any kind, it's impossible to say exactly when it was made or by whom, but if I had to bet good money, I'd say that the pipe was made in Austria sometime in the late-19th / early 20th centuries. The meerschaum is colored that way it is because it was dyed with dragon's blood (no kidding -- that's it's name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon%27s_blood ), which was used commonly for the purpose during that date range.

    The threaded piece in the shank is a bone screw. It's threaded on both ends (usually different thread patterns at each end). It may be seized in place in the shank from gunk buildup or someone may have glued it in. Both are common occurrences.

    Your pipe appears to be well smoked, but still in excellent condition for its age. Be careful with it though, both the meerschaum and the amber stem are brittle. They aren't likely to survive a fall or hard knock.
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    Thank you

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    Thank you for your input. I greatly appreciate it. Is there a way I can tell if it is meerschaum? Thank you again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theibel View Post
    ............. Is there a way I can tell if it is meerschaum? Thank you again.
    i read somewhere that if you stick your tongue inside a cleaned bowl - yuck - it should stick to the surface as the meer absorbs any moisture on your tongue

    honest..!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Theibel View Post
    Is there a way I can tell if it is meerschaum?
    It's meerschaum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John McP View Post
    i read somewhere that if you stick your tongue inside a cleaned bowl - yuck - it should stick to the surface as the meer absorbs any moisture on your tongue

    honest..!
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    One way to confirm it is meerschaum is to feel its weight. A new meer has an almost stone like weight to it. A meer as old as that and as well smoked as it is will be feather-light.
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    Thatís the thing, itís not really that light. And no, not gonna lick the bowl. Ha. I really appreciate everyoneís input. I really would like to refurbish it. I guess before I can do that, I need to know what it is made of. Might be worth sending somewhere. Thank you all again. Cheers

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