An 1894 American book described a material, indeed an object still dear to smokers today, in the following terms: “Soft and light as a fleeting dream, creamy, delicate and sweet as the complexion of young maidenhood." A pipe to be admired, handled with care, and rediscovered each time it is taken out of its own case. It is a pipe capable of arousing an array of clear-cut sensations, a tidal wave of more