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.

Billiard Cutty PIPE BLOCK MEERSCHAUM NEW HAND CARVED W Case Stand Tamper
Billiard Cutty PIPE BLOCK MEERSCHAUM NEW HAND CARVED W Case Stand Tamper
$175.00
TALL STACK BILLIARD Pipe Block Meerschaum NEW W CASE tamper stand
TALL STACK BILLIARD Pipe Block Meerschaum NEW W CASE tamper stand
$165.00
Smooth Volcano PIPE BLOCK MEERSCHAUM NEW HAND CARVED W Case Tamper Stand
Smooth Volcano PIPE BLOCK MEERSCHAUM NEW HAND CARVED W Case Tamper Stand
$167.50
BLOCK Meerschaum Insert For large size Calabash and gourd Pipes Brand new
BLOCK Meerschaum Insert For large size Calabash and gourd Pipes Brand new
$95.00
Meerschaum Cigarette Holders new hand Carved from Turkey block Meerschaum W Case
Meerschaum Cigarette Holders new hand Carved from Turkey block Meerschaum W Case
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Meerschaum Lined Estate Pipe Made In Italy
Meerschaum Lined Estate Pipe Made In Italy
$9.99
Meerschaum Cigarette Holders new hand Carved from Turkey block Meerschaum 4 Inch
Meerschaum Cigarette Holders new hand Carved from Turkey block Meerschaum 4 Inch
$34.99
CAO Meerschaum Estate Pipe
CAO Meerschaum Estate Pipe
$41.51
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe FREEHAND NR 9 BEST QUALITY FREE FITTED CASE
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe FREEHAND NR 9 BEST QUALITY FREE FITTED CASE
$169.00
Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cobb Pipes 2 of them
Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cobb Pipes 2 of them
$9.99
6 Assorted Missouri Meerschaum Corncob Pipes New Unsmoked
6 Assorted Missouri Meerschaum Corncob Pipes New Unsmoked
$39.00
Meerschaum pipe vintage gold brass inlay amber stem
Meerschaum pipe vintage gold brass inlay amber stem
$50.00
Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe NO STEM of a Bonneted Victorian Lady Vintage
Meerschaum Tobacco Pipe NO STEM of a Bonneted Victorian Lady Vintage
$50.00
Long Stemmed Giant Size Ottoman Pasha Block Meerschaum Pipe Collectible Vintage
Long Stemmed Giant Size Ottoman Pasha Block Meerschaum Pipe Collectible Vintage
$1,400.00
VINTAGE MEERSCHAUM PIPE LONG PIPE ROSE CARVED NEVER USED 17 INCHES LONG
VINTAGE MEERSCHAUM PIPE LONG PIPE ROSE CARVED NEVER USED 17 INCHES LONG
$98.00

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.