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.

Standard Turkish Meerschaum Dragon Tobacco Pipe  2 Tobacco Grinder Hamsa
Standard Turkish Meerschaum Dragon Tobacco Pipe 2 Tobacco Grinder Hamsa
$49.90
Standard Turkish Meerschaum Dragon Tobacco Pipe  2 Tobacco Grinder Om Design
Standard Turkish Meerschaum Dragon Tobacco Pipe 2 Tobacco Grinder Om Design
$49.90
Standard Turkish Meerschaum Dragon Tobacco Pipe  2 Tobacco Grinder Yin Yang
Standard Turkish Meerschaum Dragon Tobacco Pipe 2 Tobacco Grinder Yin Yang
$49.90
Pipe tomahawk by Dennis Eagle Horse
Pipe tomahawk by Dennis Eagle Horse
$52.00
vintage STERLING SILVER FIGURAL Carved Lion  Tiger GOUDRON MEERSCHAUM PIPE
vintage STERLING SILVER FIGURAL Carved Lion Tiger GOUDRON MEERSCHAUM PIPE
$99.99
Meerschaum Yudi Genuine Meerschaum Lined Imported Briar Belgium Estate Find Vtg
Meerschaum Yudi Genuine Meerschaum Lined Imported Briar Belgium Estate Find Vtg
$18.00
Figural Meerschaum Pipe Sultan
Figural Meerschaum Pipe Sultan
$45.00
NEW MISSOURI MEERSCHAUM CORN COB SMOKING PIPE HICKORY FARMS
NEW MISSOURI MEERSCHAUM CORN COB SMOKING PIPE HICKORY FARMS
$4.89
Meerschaum Nice White Genuine Block Bowl Brand New Real Pipe 5L x125W x16H
Meerschaum Nice White Genuine Block Bowl Brand New Real Pipe 5L x125W x16H
$24.76
World War 2 Pilot in Dragon Reverse Claw Meerschaum Pipe 925 Silver Ring 3951
World War 2 Pilot in Dragon Reverse Claw Meerschaum Pipe 925 Silver Ring 3951
$625.00
Meerschaum pipe with case 5 and 3 4 inches long unused quality carving
Meerschaum pipe with case 5 and 3 4 inches long unused quality carving
$40.00
MEERSCHAUM PIPE WITH CASE MADE IN TURKEY
MEERSCHAUM PIPE WITH CASE MADE IN TURKEY
$17.99
VINTAGE MEERSCHAUM TOBACCO PIPE HAND CARVED
VINTAGE MEERSCHAUM TOBACCO PIPE HAND CARVED
$19.99
Vintage Meerschaum 675 lg Hakan Pipe Hand Carved CLEOPATRA hard case UNSMOKED
Vintage Meerschaum 675 lg Hakan Pipe Hand Carved CLEOPATRA hard case UNSMOKED
$49.99
Meerschaum pipe nude lady smooth graceful flowing hair
Meerschaum pipe nude lady smooth graceful flowing hair
$49.06

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.