Early Hand-painted Masonic Pipe Bowl

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Here is an incredibly detailed hand-painted Masonic porcelain pipe bowl. It's 5 1/4 inches from top to bottom, and the top of the bowl is 1 1/4 inches in diameter. The top rim is unglazed; I assume that a ring and a damper were there once. No chips or crazing are present, and the pictures remains beautiful, with the bright hues intact. However, two old and dark hairlines are present, and the bowl has been well used. It's fragile, and the larger crack sounds as if it goes all the way through. The smaller crack has recently moved lengthwise into the glaze. The front has someones name (V. or F. Bender?), the Masonic symbol, and "aus Schwalbach" on it. The back has a picture of a soldier.  Underneath, incredibly faintly, is handwritten, in very fancy faded gold script, "1850."




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