This is an intricate, beautiful carved Eagle's Claw Meershaum pipe handmade by the artisan Kudret Gezer. It belonged to my grandfather and is one among many other valuable antiques in our family home in Portuguese Goa.
A Meerschaum pipe is a smoking pipe made from the mineral sepiolite, also known as meerschaum. Meerschaum is a very rare mineral, and is sometimes found floating on the Black Sea and is suggestive of sea foam hence the German origin of the name. The light and porous structure of the pipe keeps the smoke cool and soft. The pipe itself is a natural filter which absorbs nicotine.Meerschaum is one of the most beautiful and treasured pipes you can own. When smoked, meerschaum pipes gradually change colour, and old meerschaum pipes will turn incremental shades of yellow, orange, red, and amber from the base on up. This adds an aesthetic enjoyment to its great smoking pleasure. The longer a pipe is smoked the more valuable it becomes due to the colour change.
Today many old and rare meerschaums have found a permanent place in museums and private collections. The item "Eagle's Claw Hand Carved By Kudret Meerschaum Pipe in Custom Made Box" is in sale since Monday, January 20, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectables\Tobacciana & Smoking Supplies\Smoking Pipes & Accessories\Other Smoking Pipes".
The seller is "forumvendit" and is located in Beckenham, Kent. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brunei darussalam, Dominica, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Liechtenstein, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Martinique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Bahamas, Kuwait, Qatar, Uruguay.