Ted's Carved Head Meerschaum Collection
 
 
THE MEERSCHAUM PIPE - By Ted Blank
THE MOST FAMOUS PIPES ARE MADE OF MEERSCHAUM, A POROUS ROCK COMPOSED OF HYDROUS MAGNESIUM SILICATE THAT CAN BE FOUND UNDERGROUND IN VEINS AND IS STILL MINED IN TURKEY,IN THE PLAINS OF ESKISEHIR, 200 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ISTANBUL.THE NAME IS GERMAN FOR SEA FOAM. ITS USE FOR PIPES DATES BACK TO THE TURKISH OCCUPATION OF HUNGARY ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF THE 1600'S.COUNT ANDRASSY, A NOBLEMAN FROM BUDAPEST, BEGAN POULARIZING THE PIPES IN THE MID 1700'S.VIENNA BECAME THE CENTER OF MEERSCHAUM PIPES WHICH AT FIRST WERE SIMPLE, SMOOTH WITH A SILVER LID. SONN CARVERS BEGAN SCULPTING FACES AND SCENES. THE MOUTHPIECES WERE MADE OF HORN OR AMBER BUT NOW ARE MADE OF PLASTIC OR VULCANITE. THE CARVING OF MEERSCHAUM SPREAD TO FRANCE, ENGLAND, ITALY, THE U.S. AS WELL AS THE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE. MERSCHAUM IS ALSO FOUND IN TANZANIA AND PENNSYLVANIA.THE SOFT WHITE STONE ABSORBS TAR AND NICOTINE, GIVING A COOL SMOKE. OVER TIME, THE BONE WHITE STONE IS TURNED FIRST YELLOW AND THEN DARK BROWN. AFTER THE PIPE IS ACRVED, IT IS IMMERSED IN BOILING BEESWAX FOR A FINISHING. WHEN DRY, THE PIPE IS POLISHED TO A SHINY IVORY FINISH.
A Closer Look - As always, click for a larger view.
Officer in Austrian Hungary Army Infantry 1914-1919 Egyptian Queen Ankhesenamun.
Wife of King Tut
King Tut, The Boy Pharoah Twisted Face with Cap
Napoleonic Army Soldier
Held as Prisoner
Marshall Ferdinand Foch
Leader of French Army WWI
Grotesque Greek Fraternity Pipe
"CHI-PHI"
(Look familiar?)
Probably Field Marshall Von Hindenburg
Smoking Philosopher Classic French Cavalier Bald Man Bearded Man
Turbaned Sheik Berkler - Portrait of a German Composer Unknown Lady Gorbachev
Ronald Regan Sir Walter Raleigh Unknown Woman - Maybe Irish Abraham Lincoln
Probably Benjamin Disraeli of England Cleopatra of Egypt Marshall Pilsudski of Poland Winston Churchill
Harry Truman Leo Tolstoy - Writer Franz Schubert - Composer Laughing Bacchus - God of Merriment and Drinking
(Rockafella's Favorite)
Roaring Lion Wotan, Norse God or Asteryx. Young man with dimples - resembles Prince of Whales.
(I think it looks like "Bones" from Star Trek)
Johnny Reb - Symbol of Civil War Hero

Boot Peddler, whistling Yankee Doodle.
(Funny?.... I can't hear it?)

William Shakespeare Viking with horned helmet - in blackened Meerschaum Bald Philosopher with Beard
Civil War Yankee and Rebel head back to back     Heads of Bismark
Count Von Moltke
His Chief of Staff
Kaiser William I
Kaiser Frederick 3
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