Meerschaum Pipe

English (London)
1812–13
Marked by Joseph Ash


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

20.2 x 12.5 x 7 cm (7 15/16 x 4 15/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.1319

Medium or Technique

Meerschaum, silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The pipe is carved from an elbow-shaped piece of meerschaum. It is mounted with a silver mouthpiece formed of a cast disk with concentric rings of acanthus and anthemion leaves. At the center is a cone-shaped fitting with a border of anthemion leaves and a ring-shaped handle. The bowl of the pipe is mounted with a silver collar formed of sheet that has a high hinged cover. The cover has a cast rim of anthemion leaves and a shaped midesection with saw-pierced lettering. The circular top of the cover is a cast medallion depicting mean seated around a table, smoking pipes and drinking.

Inscription

In pierced work along the cap, "SALUS IN FUMO."

Markings

On the mouthpiece and on the lip of the bowl, maker's mark IA (Grimwade 1104) (repeated on cover); date letter R (repeated on cover); lion passant (repeated on cover); sovereign's head.

Provenance

Roland A. Lee, London, purchased November 10, 1965, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. (Accession Date: November 10, 1965)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour