Hand Carved Meerschaum Cigarette Holder Small Vintage For Sale
This little cigarette holder was in storage for 24 years. It has not been smoked or handled. It is very small and appealing.
Meerschaum is opaque and off-white, grey or cream color,
breaking with a conchoidal or fine earthy fracture, and occasionally fibrous in
texture, Most of the meerschaum of
commerce is obtained from the plain ofEskişehirinTurkey, It occurs there in irregular nodular masses, in alluvial
deposits, which are extensively worked for its extraction.
When first extracted, meerschaum is soft. However, it
hardens on exposure to solar heat or when dried in a warm room.
Meerschaum’s chief use is forsmoking pipesandcigarette holders. The first recorded use of meerschaum for making pipes
was around 1723 and quickly became prized as the perfect material for providing
a cool, dry, flavorful smoke. The porous nature of meerschaum draws moisture
and tobacco tar into the stone. Meerschaum became a premium substitute for the
clay pipes of the day and remains prized to this day, though since the
mid-1800sbriar pipeshave become the most common pipes for smoking.
As they are smoked, meerschaum pipes gradually change color, and
as they are smoked, meerschaums will turn incremental shades of yellow, orange,
red, and amber from the base on up. When prepared for use as a pipe, the
natural nodules are first scraped to remove the red earthy matrix, then dried,
again scraped and polished with wax. The crudely shaped masses thus prepared
are turned and carved, smoothed withglass-paper, heated in wax orstearine, and finally polished withbone-ash, etc.
Since the 1970s, though,Turkeyhas banned the exportation of meerschaum nodules,
trying to set up a local meerschaum industry. The once famous manufacturers
have therefore disappeared
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Hand Carved Meerschaum Cigarette Holder Small Vintage: $10