Saturday, March 24, 2012

Meerschaum and Amber Pipe-Making Tools

These three plates illustrate the type of tools that a carver used at his bench to shape, carve, incise, and etch meerschaum pipes, cheroot and cigarette holders. Several of these same instruments were used to shape amber mouthpieces. G. M. Raufer, "Die Meerschaum und Bernstein Fabrikation" (Wien, 1876).

According to accounts of the period, carvers made their own tools to suit their individual needs.

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