Art aficionados and collectors of art are that breed of humanity who go to extreme lengths to accumulate exotic and unusual pieces of art and artifacts to add to their collections. The more exotic the collectible, the higher the value of the collectible and more the satisfaction it gives the owner of that piece.
Trevor Barton was one such collector of exotic and unusual pipes, a hobby that was developed and nurtured during his travels to foreign countries in the course of his work as an export sales manager.
The first pipe that he acquired – a Tyrolean pipe with a porcelain bowl which he bought during the World War in 1947 when he served as a lance bombardier in the British Army. This first purchase fired off his admiration and love for collecting pipes and this hobby only continued and his devotion to collecting the most unique pipes can be seen in the many pieces which are now put up on auction at Christies, like the Catlinite Native Indian peace pipe which is rumored to have been presented to The English actor Sir Henry Irving by the Red Indian Chief Sitting Bull along with many more artifacts, books, and smoking related articles.
The pipe collection also includes Inuit Ivory pipes, Chinese opium pipes, pipes from different African tribes, and pipes with different miniature sculptures and figurines native to the places from where they have been acquired.
However the one piece which deserves special mention is the Austrian meerschaum which found pride of place among the vast amount of pipes acquired from places like the North American plains, New Zealand, Alaska, North-East India, Indonesia and amassed with so much passion, over the years. Some of the most exclusive pipes were, surprisingly, got in the antique markets of London, a favorite haunt of Trevor Barton.
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