Antique Meerschaum Cigarette Cigar Holder Running Dog Carving in Original Case
Date: Uncertain, but most likely late 1800s through mid 1900s (late 19th century through mid 20th century).
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~3" long, is ~1/2" by ~1/8" at the end of the mouth piece, with ~1/2" in diameter opening where the cigarette would go. The dog itself measures ~1" long and the piece itself weighs about half an ounce. The entire item including the case weighs ~1 ounce.
Marks: Unmarked as to the maker but has the notation "WARRENTED GENUINE MEERSCHAUM" in gold lettering on the inside.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Very nice antique piece in nice condition, which would make a good addition to any collection.
Condition: The piece appears to have been used extensively and has the soiling to prove it as well as the cracks that indicate extensive use. The opening in the front where the cigarette would fit has blackened from use as has the mouth piece. The meerschaum part of the pipe has short cracks, near the mouth piece, suggesting, again, extensive use. The pipe comes in its original case which has damage consisting of loose and disconnected hinges, loss of leather cover, damage to the inside material as well as heavy soiling and staining. However, the dog carving is intact as can be seen in the photos. Because of the condition of the piece, we are selling it "AS IS" at a fraction of its true value. Please see pictures for additional condition information.
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