Meerschaum Pipe

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A Meerschaum pipe, an essential totem for the character Dr. Sun in TSIL436, is a smoking device made from the mineral sepiolite, also known as Meerschaum.

Sepiolite is a soft, white clay material mostly only found in Eskisehir, in central Turkey.

Meerschaum is German for “sea foam,” which can be seen floating on the Black Sea near Eskisehir.

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The first recorded use of Meerschaum for making pipes was around 1723. It quickly became appreciated as an ideal material for providing a cool, dry, flavorful smoke.

Because of the porous nature of Meerschaum, moisture and tobacco tar are drawn deep into the stone. Meerschaum became a premium substitute for the clay pipes of the day and still remains appealing to some, although since the mid-1800s briar pipes have become the most common for smoking.

The use of briarwood, beginning in the early 1820s, greatly reduced demand for clay pipes and, to a lesser degree, Meerschaums.

Yet you can still find these throwback pipes, for a wide variety of prices.

 

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