i just got this in a lot of shofars… but it isn’t a shofar! I googled around a bit and see it is clearly an opium pipe. It’s really quite handsome. Someone has pulled off the bowl. I can’t tell if it is ivory or bone or how old it is. My best guess is the 1930s-50s … but that isn’t going on anything but intuition.
Its assembled in sections, could maybe be ivory. It has an absolutely tiny hole to smoke from. I’m quite curious!
Btw… have you guys heard about the dude who compared insurance records with British records of the USs founding Fathers ships? Turns out they were tea smugglers and the Boston Tea Party was most likely trying to undermine the newly low-taxed British tea that was going to put them out of business. At least that’s the inference from the differences between the values declared to the insurance companies and those declared to the Crown, and the ports of call.
Hi John, welcome to the forums – sorry I’ve been really busy and haven’t had a chance to catch up with new posts. I think what you have here is a reproduction, made for the souvenir market. The overall design of the pipe, the design and materials of the mouthpiece, and the small narrow hole for a bowl are all much more consistent with souvenir pipes, never made to be smoked, than those features on pipes from dens or smokers.
I wouldn’t be surprised to discover ulterior motives behind the Boston Tea Party – same with the famous destruction of opium stocks that started the first Opium War. I’ve been reading various sorts of histories over the past several years and one consistent theme that I’ve found is that if you turn over the paving stones that form a lot of popular myths about history, you find a very different picture underneath…