9 April 2018
During Museum Week the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is in the picture with a recent acquisition of posh design. It is a mega-sized meerschaum pipe bowl made from a special crystal-like meerschaum, assembled in silver around 1810 for a distinguished Russian officer. The pipe has a massive bowl, equipped with a beautifully forged cover shaped like a military helmet with an impressive comb on top and an embossed trophy of weaponry on both sides. Around the lower edge of the lid the necessary series of air inlets is provided so that the tobacco in this giant bowl can burn evenly. Although the Dutch Museum Association preaches for gold in organizing the Museum Week, gold has rarely been used for smoking pipes. For us this silver-mounted object is the true gold because of the exclusivity. The Museum Week lasts until 15 April.