|Title:||Meerschaum Carved Pipes (2)|
|Description:||Two carved meerschaum pipes in cases. One has two horses, the other is of a bar girl holding beer steins and her skirt/apron lifts. Both have amber mouth pieces. The 'bar girl' pipe appears as though it has never been used. The 'horse' pipe has had minimal use.|
|Condition:||'Bar girl' pipe has never been used. 'Horse' pipe has had minimal use. Both case have intact and working hinges and latches with some wear on outer leather covering. The case of the 'horse' pipe has the words "GENUINE MEERSCHAUM C.P.F.' stamped in gold letters on the inside of the case.|
|Origin:||We have no idea. It was inherited by a family friend.|
|Appraised By:||Jeffrey Motsinger|
|Appraiser Comments:||As you may or may not know, meerschaum is petrified sea-foam. It is mined in the Bavarian alps and most meerschaum pipes are carved in Germany. The pipes are probably 20th century and made sometime before the big war. Both of these pipes are unusual in that the bowl is separate from the pipe--hence the pipe could be used and not harm the lovely carving. The stems are amber-colored but probably are of a plastic material. Pristine ivory-colored pipes and those used so much the whole as taken on a rich mahognany color are the most desirable to pipe collectors. The horse pipe is nice but the carving is small compared to other Bavarian pipes. Considering it has its case and is in fine condition it has value in the $50 to $75 range. The barmaid is a significantly more collectible pipe. Not only are barmaids more interesting to collectors than horses, but the fact that it is hinged (mechanical) and gives a rather risque view (erotic) makes it more attractive to collectors. Erotic mechanical carved meerschaum pipes typically have value in the $250 to $400 range.|
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