Figural Ram’s Head

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Circa 1950 – from the workshop of Ihsan Girgin (GIRGIN Pipes) in Eskisehir, Turkey. L. 18.5cm / 7.5 in. From the Johnny Long collection PCoL #UK603F Unsmoked (15 April 2014)

Meerschaum figural Snipe

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Bakelite “bill” stem. Meerschaum head, meerschaum bowl insert, glass eyes, cased. Length: 5 3/4″ – 14.5 cm – Origin Vienna (prob.) – Date: ? circa 1935 ? From the collection of: Trevor Burgess PCoL #UK615F

Meerschaum “Kalmasch”

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In the German style – hallmarked London 1850, probably carved in Vienna – silverwork by Benjamin Barling, London. The sterling cap and stem mount are decorated with the English rose, Scottish thistle and Irish shamrock (inset at left). From the Johnny Long collection PCoL #UK603F.

Meerschaum Skull

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Rosewood stem – bone tip – 5.75″ / 14.5mm. A bit macabre, perhaps, but a common genre of antique art called Memento mori – “remember you are mortal”. Origin: unknown. Believe it or not, a very good smoker! Date:circa 1850 – 1900. From the collection of: John Wade Long, Jr. PCoL #UK603F