Karoo Calabash

Silver mounted. Hallmarked W.H. 1908 Birmingham, England Maker – Wm. Harrison.

Calabash gourds (“bottle gourds” – were grown on the Little Karoo River in South Africa by Boer farmers who exported them – cut & dried – to England for fitting with bowls and mouthpieces. The
heyday of the calabash was 1905 to 1915 after which the briar began to steal the spotlight.

From the Johnny Long collection PCoL #UK603F – pictured on a handmade South African tapestry.
Below – the Karoo brand & hallmarks.