So...I wanted a claw meer

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xrundog

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A couple years ago I was watching one of those appraisal TV shows. One of the segments featured a couple who were remodeling their old house. In the wall they found an old cased meerschaum claw pipe. It was a big one! And in really fine shape. I decided I wanted one. So ever since I've been watching eBay for one like it. I have seen quite a few. But usually the good ones sell for big $$. Or the condition is really poor. Cheap ones with rudimentary carving can be had easily. I wanted a nice one in good condition for (what I consider) a reasonable price. I finally found one that looked lightly smoked with an amber stem and a case. The carving is good, but not the highest quality. When the claws are well defined and stand out from the body, they usually have breaks anyway. It had a high starting bid and a fairly high "buy it now" price so people were staying away from it. Size wasn't specified, but I figure if it is too small for me I can always clean it up an sell it. I put in the lowest bid I could ($75) and won. This is the eBay pic. I'll post another after I have it and clean it up.
What do you think?

 

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t-bear

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Nice! Looks eerily similar to me SMS claw, but with an amber stem.

Is there anything in the lid of the case to denote mfg or retailer?
Should be a good smoker!
 

xrundog

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Pics didn't show any marks. Sale description was pretty basic. That's probably another reason people stayed away. The pics were pretty much all there was to go on. That orange amber usually means a pretty old pipe. I'm betting it has a round draught hole. Could be from around 1900!

The pipe should be here today or tomorrow. I'll let you know the details.
 

xrundog

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Pipe arrived today. Mailed in a padded envelope! Geez! It came through okay though.
It's in amazing condition. Not even really dirty at all. Light cake in the 2"tall x just over .75" bore bowl. It's a good medium large size.
I cleaned the bowl, rim and shank in about 10 minutes. Stem is perfect. I just swabbed it. Pierced draught hole. Bone tenon is glued into the shank. Which sucks because if it was in the stem I could fix the slight overturn. I used a paper shim instead. Alignment is right on. Draw is tight. But it usually is in these old pipes. I'll just have to smoke tobacco that fires easy. 1900 plus or minus s few years looks about right.





Nice carving detail.

 

davidmackv

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Last meer I purchased on Ebay the guy sent in a padded envelope and it didn't have a case. He just wrote fragile all over the envelope. I can't believe it didn't get broken.
 

xrundog

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Looks nice. If the guy selling it had used your photos he would have made more money on it. His loss your gain.
Thanks. The time taken to post good photos on eBay does pay off. I take good pics for my stuff. But I have spent a lot of time perfecting the fine art of seeing good stuff in one crappy picture on eBay. A crappy picture usually means a low winning bid. :byg:
 

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