Turkish "Hemingway" Sultan Meerschaum Pipe - Hand Carved
Length: 5-3/4" (146 mm)
Bowl Width: 1-5/8" (42 mm)
Chamber Width: 13/16" (21 mm)
Bowl Height: 2-1/2" (64 mm)
Chamber Depth: 1-1/2" (38mm)
Tenon: Metal screw-in, stinger-type tenon
Weight: 2.6 oz. (74 g)
Here we have a nice, vintage, Turkish, hand carved Meerschaum pipe, with a beautiful, swirly, amber colored stem, and excellent carving, in very nice condition. The bowl is carved into a very distinguished looking sultan, and the stem looks to be made of bakelite and is still in excellent condition.
The carving on this meer is very detailed, especially on the beard, along with a meticulous, majestic moustache (we're talking, of Magnum P.I. proportions, here); an aquiline nose, and very thoughtful eyes (two places where many lesser skilled carvers often go awry). If Hemingway were a Turkish Sultan at one point in his life (and that's entirely possible), this could be a dead ringer.
The bowl is nicely smoked, with a little bit of "ambering" (think I just made that word up, but I like it) around the rim, but, unlike a lot of nice meers, still has plenty of life to it. This should color very nicely, especially considering the detailed carving around the face and beard. Smokes well, especially with Virginias, and wouldn't hesitate to put this into a daily stable of smokers. Comes with pipe sock included.