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Meerschaum tobacco pipe with leather case, Europe, 1880-1890

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Carved from meerschaum – a versatile clay like material – this wildly extravagant tobacco pipe shows the figures of Frederick III (1831-1888) Emperor of Germany, and his consort Victoria (1840-1901). The pipe may have been made to celebrate his coronation in 1888. Unfortunately, Frederick died having ruled for only ninety days. The coat of arms is the Order of the Garter in England, an honour Frederick received at the time of his marriage. His wife was the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria. Measuring 345 mm in length, the black staining suggests the pipe has been used.

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