Meerschaum pipes are some of the most decorative pipes available. Due to the ease at which meerschaum can be carved, it is relatively easy to carve a wide array of shapes.

Estate Smoking Pipe
Estate Smoking Pipe
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Meerschaum Estate Pipes Old Mokum yello bole Kaywoodie Signature
Meerschaum Estate Pipes Old Mokum yello bole Kaywoodie Signature
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Smoking Pipe In Case 1
Smoking Pipe In Case 1
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Vintage Meerschaum 5 Original Corn Cob Tobacco Pipe Missouri Made in USA
Vintage Meerschaum 5 Original Corn Cob Tobacco Pipe Missouri Made in USA
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Smoking Pipe In Case 2
Smoking Pipe In Case 2
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VIKING pipe New Handcarved Block Meerschaum W Case
VIKING pipe New Handcarved Block Meerschaum W Case
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Square Bulldog Block Meerschaum Pipe Acrylic Stem 925 Silver Ring Big Bowl 9374
Square Bulldog Block Meerschaum Pipe Acrylic Stem 925 Silver Ring Big Bowl 9374
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Vintage Pair Of Unused Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipes Lot Of 4 Pipes
Vintage Pair Of Unused Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipes Lot Of 4 Pipes
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large 75cm deep MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE MEERSCHAUM SKULL SMOKING PIPE
large 75cm deep MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE MEERSCHAUM SKULL SMOKING PIPE
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MISSOURI MEERSCHAUM LEGEND 690 FILTERED CORN COB STRAIGHT POKER PIPE  NEW
MISSOURI MEERSCHAUM LEGEND 690 FILTERED CORN COB STRAIGHT POKER PIPE NEW
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Acrylic Stand For Smoking Pipes Brand New
Acrylic Stand For Smoking Pipes Brand New
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Solid Block Turkish Hand Carved Mini Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe Pirate
Solid Block Turkish Hand Carved Mini Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe Pirate
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Vintage Meerschaum Pipe w box hand carved unused condition
Vintage Meerschaum Pipe w box hand carved unused condition
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Lattice Horn shaped Turkish Block Meerschaum Pipe Xmas Gift New No Reserve
Lattice Horn shaped Turkish Block Meerschaum Pipe Xmas Gift New No Reserve
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Vintage Meerschaum Pipe With Lattice Designs w Case
Vintage Meerschaum Pipe With Lattice Designs w Case
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Meerschaum is actually hydrated magnesium silicate, a mineral which is found in shallow deposits. It's largely found around the Turkish city of Eskisehir and is valued for its plasticity, allowing it to be easily carved. This gives rise to a high number of decorative and figural shapes.

Meerschaum has been used in pipe making since the 17th century and along with clay, was the most common material for pipe production until the introduction of briar in the 19th century. The word meerschaum actually translates to sea foam in German, pointing towards its natural white color and surprisingly low weight.

A very porous mineral, meerschaum absorbs parts of the tobacco during smoking, gradually changing color to a more golden brown. The older, often smoked meerschaum pipes are actually prized due to this distinctive coloring.

When choosing a meerschaum pipe it's advisable to make sure that the pipe is actually carved from a solid block of meerschaum, as they can be made from meerschaum dust. This is collected after carving from a block, mixed with an emulsifier, and then finally pressed into a pipe shape. This process produces pipes that are not absorbent, therefore not coloring and lacking the quality smoke you get from a block carved pipe.