Austrian silver mounted meerschaum pipe bowl by JC Klinkosch

Klinkosch, Josef Carl (Austrian, 1822-1888)


This pipe bowl is a token of Austro-Hungarian heritage, featuring carvings of warriors and silver mountings by esteemed silversmith JC Klinkosch.


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This exceptional Meerschaum pipe bowl presents a unique blend of functional design and artistic detail, offering a snapshot of late 19th-century Austro-Hungarian craftsmanship. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the pipe bowl stands out with its silver mounting, dark honey color, and detailed carvings, harking back to a bygone era of sophisticated smoking paraphernalia.

The bowl's pot chamber bears the intrigue of a lively scene: Turks and Hussars astride their horses, swords unsheathed and raised in a moment of high drama. The carvings, precise and intricate, encapsulate the dynamism and bravado of these historic warriors with remarkable fidelity, lending a sense of narrative to the pipe.

Complementing this battle tableau is the Hungarian coat of arms, deeply etched into the Meerschaum. The coat of arms stands as a proud testament to Hungarian heritage, a symbol of national pride carved with respect and accuracy.

Accentuating the rich, dark honey tone of the Meerschaum, the pipe bowl is mounted with silver, adding a lustrous contrast and a touch of luxury. The silver shank is lovingly engraved with a series of delicate flowers, a touch of nature's elegance contrasting with the military scene on the bowl.

The rim is graced by intricate arabesque patterns, the flowing, curvilinear designs offering a harmonious blend of symmetry and complexity. This beautiful, ornate detailing further testifies to the artisan's skill and the luxurious aesthetic of the time.

Marked with 'J.K', the pipe bowl bears the distinguished initials of Joseph Carl Klinkosch, an esteemed Austro-Hungarian silversmith of the period. His craftsmanship and attention to detail are vividly evident in every element of the pipe bowl, offering an exquisite artifact that speaks to both functional necessity and artistic expression of the late 19th century.


Artist / Maker
Klinkosch, Josef Carl (Austrian, 1822-1888)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Militaria / Military
Silver, Meerschaum
Brown, Silver


19 cm / 7.5 inches
21 cm / 8.3 inches
9 cm / 3.5 inches


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