Silver Spigot Meerschaum
I have eight meerschaum pipes. This one is my new silver spigot meerschaum from Sinan Altinok of altinokpipes.com. There is a link to his site in the right hand sidebar on this page and if you haven’t been to visit yet, then you have missed out on something.
This is one of three meerschaum pipes I ordered this summer. The other two will be posted here at a later date.
This meer is lovely. It smokes excellently. The chamber is big enough to accommodate a large helping of tobacco. It measures some 21 mm in diameter and is 41 mm deep. The outer dimensions are equally ample. The beautifully rounded bowl is 52 mm in diameter and sits well in my hand. The assembled pipe measures 152 mm from tip to bowl front. The curvature makes it a well balanced pipe that is easy to hold in the mouth or the hand. The silver makes a worthy decoration and is as pleasant to look at as it is functional. All in all, a masterpiece of a pipe and the maker of this particular pipe, Mr. Nedim Altinay, is to be congratulated.
The picture presented here is lifted from Mr. Altinok’s site. I hope he will forgive me for reproducing his pictures again!
Meerschaum is a magnesium silicate. It is not clay or china nor is it stone as such. It is found in Turkey and East Africa but the best quality meerschaum comes from around Eskisihir in Turkey. Being porous it will absorb the oils and tars that are produced when tobacco burns and the material will take colour with time. Meerschaum pipes dot not, however, pick up and pass on the taste of tobacco as briar pipes do. This means that one will only taste the tobacco one is smoking and not that which one has smoked previously in the pipe. Unlike briar pipes, meerschaum pipes do not require the accumulation of “cake” in the bowl that a briar does. In fact, cake is one of those things I will not tolerate in my meers and I make a habit of cleaning the bowl after every smoke. Meerschaum pipes require no breaking in either, which makes them ideal for first time pipe smokers. Worth knowing if anyone asks you what to buy when they decide to start smoking a pipe.