The first recorded use of meerschaum for making pipes was around 1723 and quickly became prized as the perfect material for providing a cool, dry, flavorful smoke. The porous nature of meerschaum draws moisture and tobacco tar into the stone. Meerschaum became a premium substitute for the clay pipes of the day and remains prized to this day, though briar pipes have become the most common pipes starting in the mid-1800s.

When smoked, meerschaum pipes gradually change color, and old meerschaums will turn incremental shades of yellow, orange, red, and amber from the base on up.

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Hardcastle              Mauro Armellini

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Peterson craftsmanship, where elegance and dedication to quality go hand in hand with their collection of pipes, cigars, tobaccos, accessories and gifts. Whether you are choosing, Peterson for your own use or as a gift, you can be sure that the everlasting quality and fine craftsmanship of a Peterson product will always be appreciated.

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We carry a variety of beautifully handcrafted Karl Erik pipes. These pipes make any collection complete. Or as many of our clients say, "it would make a great gift!"

The Savinelli story started in 1876 when Achille Savinelli Sr. opened one of the first stores in the world exclusively selling smoking articles, in the very center of Milan at via Orefici 2, near the famous Piazza Duomo. The small shop, which is still at its original location, soon became a meeting place where passionate smokers could exchange opinions and discuss experiences. It was there that Achille Sr. began designing pipes, which he would then have made by artisans in the Varese district, just north of Milan.