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  1. ted

    ted Member

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    Here is one that my Father found in a house built in 1909. Meerschaum, amber, gold....best I can tell.

    This one is NOT for sale or "give away"... ted
     


  2. chambers11283

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    Looks to be still in good shape, but has that antique look to it and i like that. Nice find on your dads part, do you smoke it or just have it to have sort of thing?
     
  3. user0003

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    Wow!!! Beautiful burner, Ted.
     
  4. ted

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    Smoke it. About every 3rd day. Meerschaum has never been my pipe of choice, but I owe him.

    Meerschaum(to me) has a nasty taste, regardless of the 'baccer. Tried hundreds of meerschaum pipes in my past life at Mastercraft, and only ever found one that I liked.. It "busted" after about ten years.

    This one is, and will always be, my only meerschaum... ted
     
  5. Tas Gunsmith

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    Was it in the house down the road in the front left room under the floorboards? That was mine :whistle:

    Nice find and nice meer, a bit of a treasure for you I bet.
    Cheers.
     
  6. Falconeer

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    Hi All,

    I must be honest - like Ted I've done the meerschaum thing and to be absolutely honest prefer a cob or a Falcon - with the exception of African meers which no serious meer smoker rates - all I can say is "enjoy in goood health for many years!"

    Smoke what suits you!

    Gerry
     
  7. t-bear

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    Not entirely true Gerry. I have four African meers,and all but one are great burners. Two are Manx Meers, one is marked "Jambo" and "Gt. Britan", the last is unmarked. I consider myself a fairly serious meerschaum smoker...the bride however, considers me crazy........ :startle:
     
  8. WillH

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    Great pipe Ted! It's a keeper with a nice story!

    Meerschaum! Whao! Love those pipe!

    Better than a Falcon? Absolutely not - they simply don't compare on any level! It's a personal choice thing. 300 years of smoking history says something about the quality of meerschaum as a pipe material. :whistle:

    Owned an Africa Meerschaum pipe. There's a reason for their lousy reputation. It's not just me. There were twelve pipe smokers in the office I worked at in San Francisco back in the 70's. We'd get together an talk pipes/tobacco during lunch almost everyday. Most of us bought the African Meerschaum pipes when the arrive at a pipe shop on Mission St. Within a year everyone had gotten rid of the the African Meerschaums and were smoking Turkish meerschaum pipes. That says something....There's true meerschaum and then there's that other stuff. :thumbsd: If you like it - great! In my opinion African meerschaum does not compare to Turkish meerschaum - they are completely different!

    There I said it - :eek:hyeah:

    Will
     
  9. Mike Pomery

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    I wonder if many people regard Turkish Meerschaum like they do Turkish Coffee: best taste, but too much effort?
     
  10. Falconeer

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    Hi All,

    Yes Will I'd agree they are different - to me an African meer lies somewhere between a clay pipe and a Turkish meer and is in a category, maybe even middle ground, of its own. Can't help it though - I just like them!

    Best to all

    Gerry
     
  11. WillH

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    Gerry,

    I was a little harsh.....not excuses.

    I like haggis for breakfast - most people don't. :eek:hyeah:

    Will
     
  12. Tas Gunsmith

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    Here's a meerschaum question for you. My briar pipes after being smoked and cleaned with a little whiskey on a pipe cleaner always smell great and taste great when next smoked. My meer on the other hand, Turkish I believe, gets the same treatment but doesn't smell so good it almost smells like the sea, salty like. Is this normal?
     
  13. user0003

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    Personally, I wouldn't use any liquid to clean a Meer.
     
  14. WillH

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    Jsela, interesting! I clean all my meerschaums with Q-Tips dipped in single malt whisky! I also run a wad of dry paper towel around inside the bowl. Am I screwing them up? I'd like to know.

    I only wipe out the shanks and stems with whisky after each smoke - just takes a second. Then rack them to dry for a couple days.

    Tas, don't know about your smell. All my pipe smell good no offensive odor of any kind.

    BTW, took another look at that antique pipe - what treasure. Absolutely wonderful.....

    Will
     
  15. user0003

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    My concern is softening of the meer. Just a personal thing nothing scientific.
     
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    I'm with Jesla on this, never let any alcohol near my meer. Just a napkin to dry ream the bowl after each smoke. Maybe that's one of the factors that affects the speed with which the meers color?
     
  17. WillH

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    You could be right! I don't put any whisky in the bowl - nutten, nadda. I only clean the stem and shank with a little - not a general soaking. Think I'll stop doing the shank that way and only use a dry pipe cleaner.

    Will
     
  18. SSGpiper

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    My meers get the bowls cleaned with dry pipe cleaners after every smoke (after a couple hours cooling and drying). Aside from that, about once a month I use a almost smooth sand paper (don't remember the grit off the top of my head) on the inside of the bowl to take out what little carbon builds up and use pipe sweetner in the stem....other than that, nothing.

    As far as the meer you posted, I might know a really nice dedicated soldier on his way home from Afghanistan that would love that thing <grin>.
     
  19. ted

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    Get your ass home safely. Can't have that pipe, but we will talk about another or two. God Speed... ted
     
  20. Unforgivin

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    Sweet smoker Ted! :cheers:
     
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