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Thread: My first old Meer. And what a beauty it is!

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    My first old Meer. And what a beauty it is!

    I just bought this from Dean Wakeman at Estate Pipes UK. If there is somebody who hasn't yet heard of Dean and his skills at restoring old pipes and the great bargains for sale on his website, then go to http://www.estatepipeshop.co.uk/ and try to restrain yourself from buying one of the estate pipes. I have now failed multiple times, once for a 1960's Barling, one for a 1920 BBB, twice for older Stanwells, and now for this Meer.

    There is an album under my profile showing innumerable photos of this Meer together with some of the Barling's as size and style comparisons. I reproduce some of them here.

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    What staggered me when the pipe arrived was how tiny the case was, even when compared to the case for the paired silver-mounted Barling's from 1920 (which Dean also restored), and which was my tiniest case until now. I hadn't realised until this evening that the triangular cases seen on eBay for such old pipes are miniscule. BTW the Barling's case is almost certainly crocodile while I would guess this case is leather. The next photo shows the pipes in their cases. If you are uncertain, the meer is on the right.

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    There are no hallmarks on the silver mounting or indications on the case to help date it. Dean suspects early 20th century on style. It has clearly been smoked extensively and has considerable patina. There are minor scratches on the bowl. The silver mounting and stem are almost as new. I haven't smoked it yet.

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    Here are photos of the pipes assembled and next to each other for size comparisons. The meer is about the same size as the tiny Barling's from that date.

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    I am new to meers. I own one (unsigned) I bought for my father-in-law 12 years ago in Istanbul on the central market, which he smoked briefly until he gave up pipe smoking. He then gave it back to me when I started smoking a pipe again. I've cleaned it up and smoked it a couple of times. And it's OK. But nothing to write home about. This one is going to be a lot more exciting to smoke.

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    Very, very classy - l love army mount 'dogs and had seen that on Dean's site and was very tempted (but getting past buying pipes).
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    Mark, just love the color on that old Meer.

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    nice... great selections

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    Get ready for real jealousy :-)
    I've just posted an album on the 1952 Barling's that Dean just restored for me and will be posting that in new pipe acquisitions in a moment.

    Mark

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    Nice pipes, enjoy!
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    Beautiful Meer with stunning colour Mark!

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    Stunning pipes, Mark! That meer is simply gorgeous!
    With kind regards, Bo


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    Just smoked it for the first time with HU Director's Cut. Dean must have waxed it because it feels sticky when warm. The button is so round that you can't clench the stem between your teeth, which is probably a good thing for a meer with a military mount of this age. It smoked as wet as a briar, and tasted like a briar. This is going to be a pipe for special occasions.
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