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Monday, May 3, 2010

Today's Word: MEERSCHAUM


From the German for "sea foam," Meerschaum is a soft white mineral found mainly in Turkey, but also in lesser quantities in France, Spain, Morocco, and in some U.S. states. Used mainly for making smoking pipes and cigarette holders (in Vienna and other European manufacturing centers), it was often intricately carved, with figural heads forming the bowl of the pipe. It was also used, to a much lesser extent for carving decorative figurines. In the 1970s, Turkey banned the export of Meerschaum, and today, Meerschaum products not made in Turkey are usually made of pressed Meerschaum and are of inferior quality. With use, Meerschaum pipes gradually change color, and turn yellow, orange, or a reddish brown.

4 comments:

Limoges Figurines said...

Nice article. It is an additional learning for me and at the same time an amazing moment because of the photo in the post. It looks like a antique statue.

Gypsy Trading Company said...

Very Interesting. I was wondering about cameo's also. I think some may have been made this way.
Love the info you always give!

Anonymous said...

is this item for sale?

Anonymous said...

What's the whereabouts of this statue?