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Fugly or Beauty? Artsy Turkish Meerschaum Pipe is today’s pick…

Meerschaum pipes are polarizing. People love them or hate them.

What category are you in?

I usually dislike them – while they have unique smoking qualities, I prefer the look and the grip of  a nice piece of briar and zen-like perfection without any disturbing details or artificial showing-off.

But that is a matter of taste – and even I sometimes am intrigued by the possibilities a skilled carver has when shaping a pipe out of a block of meerschaum material.

A decorated Skull and a winged bat - nothing impossible for a meerschaum artist!

A decorated Skull and a winged bat – nothing impossible for a meerschaum artist!

While I was sifting through the current Ebay pipe listings, looking for a unique pipe to present here for you, this one made me laugh. At first. Then I had a closer look at the pictures and thought: WOW. This guy (Turkish master carver H.Cor) seems to know what he is doing!

Personally I still think this is a fugly piece of pipe for necrophiliacs ;-) – but a very  adorable one, stemming from a long history of skillful meerschaum pipe making in Turkey.

If you are a meerschaum lover, you will certainly be able to appreciate the beauty of the skull and bat motive and the craftsmanship that is quite obvious.

turkish meerschaum skull bowlBTW the pipe’s color comes from natural bee wax, and according to the seller they ship worldwide in a custom leather casing.

Take a closer look at this pipe while it is available and many other meerschaum pipes (there are also some other motives by the same artist) on our meerschaum pipes listings page at estatetobaccopipes.com – CLICK HERE

…and cast your vote in the comments below  or on our Facebook page, what you think of this motive and this sort of pipe! :)

Monday Money Shocker: 10,000 bucks for a PIPE? Larson Straight Grain Collector’s pipe

OK, after someone recently pointed it out on Reddit – I think I have to showcase this pipe.

A real bargain, a real stealjust 10,000 Dollar. ;-)

That is more than the majority of people on this world is earning. Per year.

Unusual construction, great craftsmanship, perfect pipe maybe - but 10K bucks? seriously?

Unusual construction, great craftsmanship, perfect pipe maybe – but 10K bucks? seriously?

Anyways – beyond the envy or morality (I am actually no big fan of both – if you want to have such a toy – DO IT!): what does make a pipe so expensive?

Nothing “objective”, or at least not a lot of that. Yes, it is a Danish collector’s pipe, a very special Larson Straigth Grain. It may be unique and extremely rare and in great condition. The grain may be perfect, the craftsmanship as well. The complicated anatomy of the pipe (removable wooden cap) might add a few bucks on top.

But 10K bucks?! Seriously?

Let’s be clear on it: this is “Art” pricing. Irrational at best – like those nonsensical paintings traded for 10s of millions of dollars… You can not argue about it.

If you like it and have the necessary change: why not. For those who want a beautiful pipe that smokes great and is not seen at every street corner – there are many good choices for 1/10 of the price and less. Both types can be found on our High Profile Estate Pipe Listings Page

From seller’s description:

BEAUTIFUL LARSEN STRAIGHT GRAIN

FIRST UNIQUE ORIGINAL FROM ’80

INSPIRED TO THE MARVELLOUS BO NORDH CALABASH

WITH REMOVABLE CAP IN WOOD

VERY RARE FOR DANISH PIPEMEKERS COLLECTORS!

stampings: LARSEN STRAIGHT GRAIN

HAND MADE IN DENMARK

LONG16 CM

BOWL GROUP5

WEIGHT47 GRAMS

P.S.:…oh, and in case you actually consider buying this pipe (or any pipe over $500, for that matter!) – me and a bunch of semi-stray cats and dogs here in Paraguay that I try to take care of will haunt your dreams if you do not donate at least ONE(1) percent of the purchase price to my animal charity  fundraiser on GoFundMe.com. See, I knew you could do it… ;-)

P.P.S.: I wanted to discuss this sort of high-priced pipe sales and the “artsification” of the pipe market on Reddit, but the link got pulled because I had misinterpreted their blogger rules – and am too lazy to comply with rule fetishism or questionable demands like posting complete carbon copies of your own content… Instead feel free to discuss in the comments below – I would really be interested if you know of other pipe sales in the same price range or even in the 6-7 figure range…

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