Posted 3 years ago
I finally located my small meerschaum pipe that has been missing for the past decade and a half, or so. I did not recall that it was signed and was very pleased to discover that it is the work of a well known Turkish meerschaum carver, Muharrem Yilmaz.
I dug deeper into a closet where I keep my cigar humidor, now just a storage box for my pipe collection, since I haven't smoked in about 15 years, and I noticed an empty box of what was my favorite cigar of all time. This cigar has not been made since the late 1990s so I nursed this box of 25 torpedo cigars for several years before smoking the last one (HUGE sigh). It was easy to quit once the last one was gone.
Anyway, I pulled that box out and inside I found this pipe, a very nice Italian made, silver chased Whitehall pipe and all the gear needed to smoke on a road trip, including a pouch of very dry organic tobacco. I guess I must have taken them on one of my genealogy road trips and instead of putting them back in my humidor, just tucked them away in the closet. Very good day as I have been missing this pipe very acutely.
I did not remember owning the Whitehall pipe, so that was a nice bonus. It is a big pipe, probably a ten-fifteen minute smoke. The meerschaum is about 5 minute smoke. It is 3" long x 1 .5" x 1 .5", without the stem.
From https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/yilmaz-meerschaum-bulldog-effigy-pipe-1807061688 :
Yilmaz Meerschaum was established in 1973 by Muharrem YILMAZ . His teacher was his uncle. He started carving at the age of 16 and he loves his profession of making quality Meerschaum pipes. Though a skilled carver himself, he also employs some of the very famous carvers in in the business. His pipes are composed of sophisticated designs that include faces, animals, and geometric designs The Yilmaz name represents top quality in Meerschaum pipes today.
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