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LAXEY MANX MEERSCHAUM
rusticated bent pipe
A gorgeous pipe that you will love to own! A generously sized bowl for a longer smoke.
A calcined and rusticated meerschaum pipe made by Laxey in the Isle of Man, who made all of the meerschaum bowls for Peterson, Barling, Nording, and others.Typically the bowls did not bear a maker's mark.
Laxey closed down their Isle of Man business after the supply of Tanzanian (Amboseli) meerschaum ran out in the year 2000. This pipe was therefore made before 2000.
Many of their meerschaum pipes were artificially darkened by a high heat process known as calcination to make them look old and well smoked. The blackened surface of the top rim of this pipe is originally how the pipe was manufactured.
The bowl has been reamed to remove the old build up of carbon, and the bowl has also been thoroughly cleaned, refinished with beeswax, and polished. The stem has been cleaned and highly polished, and has a few small signs of bite marks. All of the airways have been cleaned out using isopropyl alcohol to remove the old traces of tar and to sterilise it.