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.

Eagle On Tree Collectible Meerschaum Cigarette Holder Cigarette Mouthpiece
Eagle On Tree Collectible Meerschaum Cigarette Holder Cigarette Mouthpiece
$70.00
Genuine Meerbowl Meerschaum Lined Pipe Vintage Estate Pipe Y1
Genuine Meerbowl Meerschaum Lined Pipe Vintage Estate Pipe Y1
$5.00
TWO GENUINE ORIGINAL MISSOURI MEERSCHAUM Co STRAIGHT CORN COB PIPES LEGEND
TWO GENUINE ORIGINAL MISSOURI MEERSCHAUM Co STRAIGHT CORN COB PIPES LEGEND
$15.11
FLYING EAGLE Meerschaum Pipe Tobacco Smoking pipa 1272
FLYING EAGLE Meerschaum Pipe Tobacco Smoking pipa 1272
$85.00
VINTAGE SMOKING TOBACCO PIPE MEERSCHAUM WITH ETUI
VINTAGE SMOKING TOBACCO PIPE MEERSCHAUM WITH ETUI
$50.00
Vintage Corn cob pipes
Vintage Corn cob pipes
$10.00
Meerschaum pipe
Meerschaum pipe
$17.02
IMP Meerschaum Pipe Selin Hand Carved in a fitted CASE I1154
IMP Meerschaum Pipe Selin Hand Carved in a fitted CASE I1154
$275.00
TWO HEAD EAGLE by R KARACA Meerschaum Pipe +Case 2335
TWO HEAD EAGLE by R KARACA Meerschaum Pipe +Case 2335
$155.00
Chinese Wise with Dragon Hand Carved Block Meerschaum Pipe in a fit CASE 6842
Chinese Wise with Dragon Hand Carved Block Meerschaum Pipe in a fit CASE 6842
$185.00
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe HALFBENT BILLIARD ORNAMENT BEST QUALITY FITTED CASE
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe HALFBENT BILLIARD ORNAMENT BEST QUALITY FITTED CASE
$269.00
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe LATTICE ROBUSTO BEST QUALITY FITTED CASE
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe LATTICE ROBUSTO BEST QUALITY FITTED CASE
$139.00
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe Victorian Leaning on a Penny Farthing High Wheel Bicycle
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe Victorian Leaning on a Penny Farthing High Wheel Bicycle
$299.00
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe HALFBENT CELTIC KNOT ORNAMENT BEST QUALITY FITTED CASE
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe HALFBENT CELTIC KNOT ORNAMENT BEST QUALITY FITTED CASE
$149.00
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe SMOOTH BILLIARD 9mm FILTER BEST QUALITY FITTED CASE
SYANIK MEERSCHAUM Pipe SMOOTH BILLIARD 9mm FILTER BEST QUALITY FITTED CASE
$199.00

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.