Albert Einstein's curvy calabash pipe, originally sold by Charles Hamilton Galleries in 1970
Albert Einstein's original calabash pipe, measuring approximately 5″ x 4″ x 2.25″, with a large ivory-colored meerschaum and detachable dark brown mouthpiece bearing a London maker's mark. In fine condition, with general wear from use. Attributed to Einstein by a Charles Hamilton Galleries auction listing of June 5, 1970, a clipping of which is included. Also includes a typed identification card and the original Charles Hamilton Galleries, Inc. envelope.
Einstein was well-known for his pipe smoking—other than his messy hair, there may be no more characteristic element of his image than his pipe. Even in later years when he curbed his tobacco use on doctor's orders, he could not bear to give up the tactile experience—he would smokelessly cradle the bowl in hand or clench the stem between his teeth while he did his deepest thinking. Upon joining the Montreal Pipe Smokers Club in 1950, he reportedly said: 'I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.'
Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
#680 - Ended December 06, 2023
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