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    A couple of Meer's

    I have never been much of a meerschaum collector & always favored a wooden pipe, possibly due to the fact I have spent my adult life working with it, but of late I am becoming a bit of a fan & just could not pass up the opportunity to add this pair to my collection of meer's, which is in it's infancy at present, but my love for them is growing very rapidly

    I am not sure of the dating & have always found meer's hard to date & tend to rely on the stem material to estimate a wild guess & I am placing them around the 50's - 60's which would correspond with the sellers explanation of when they were originally purchased by an older relative

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    Dean those are great. Obviously you have worked on those already -according to the look pf the stems. Looks like straight bakelite stems this time not the amber mix you had on the last one if I can see properly and being no expert. To me this is what meerschaum pipes are all about, intricate carvings rather than the traditional shapes we get from briar. Love the way that beard has coloured up!
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    Thanks Bill, I am of the same opinion as you with regards the bakelite, the first one has a peterson type p'lip cut to the button which has been very well done, I have not worked with bakelite enough to spot it straight away, but I know it isn't acrylic so it has to be either a straight bakelite or a mix
    I have restored the stems & have cleaned up the bowls & like you I just love the way the beards are taking on a beautiful patina, I hope I can start adding to this wonderful transformation now


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    Congrats, nice pipes, enjoy!
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    I love the Cavalier Dean, great acquisitions mate!

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    Marvelous , Dean. Absolutey marvelous!
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    What a beautiful pair, Dean

    It looks like someone has done much of the seasoning for you.

    I have one Meer (which you know well) - maybe I should think of providing it with some company!

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    Thank you Ally, Brian & Chris
    Lovely to see your posts again Chris, I indeed remember the old meer, I still wake in the night with a cold sweat, reaching for my silver polishing cloth


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    Wonderful pipes, Dean! I really like the Barbarossa or whoever the second one is supposed to be.

    Did the stems lighten in color at all when you polished them, Dean? Bakelite oxidizes and, in my experience, it can become significantly darker over time. Light cream can become deep amber and so forth. If the color remained more or less unchanged, my guess would be that the stems are made of an acrylic resin that was and still is a popular stem material for Turkish carvers. I can't think of the exact type at the moment, but it has a feel somewhere between vulcanite and lucite.
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    Gorgeous meers, Dean!
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