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Manxland Meerschaum Pipe
by Laxey Pipe Co. Ltd.
This pipe has the gorgeous and sought after dark golden amber colour to it. It is a gem, and frankly, if it doesn't sell quickly then I am going to add it to my own collection and use it! It is one of the very best that has passed through my hands.
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.
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 this pipe on the top rim of the bowl is originally how the pipe was manufactured.
The bowl has been thoroughly cleaned, re-waxed and polished. The chamber has been reamed to remove the old build up of carbon. The stem has been cleaned and polished. All of the airways have been cleaned out using isopropyl alcohol to remove the old traces of tar, and to sterilise it.
- Overall length: 148mm
- Bowl height: 43mm
- Bowl diameter (outside): 41mm
- Chamber diameter: 22mm
- Chamber depth: 35mm
- Weight: 48g
A generously sized bowl.
The three legged Manx symbol used by the Laxey Pipe Co. Ltd. on most of their own banded pipes
The Laxey bowls usually only had "Block Meerschaum" imprinted. They used several different brandings, usually "Manxman", but unusually this one has "Manxland" together with a syle number "512". A rare one.