Thread: Fake 'ivory'
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Old 03-05-2020, 07:17 AM   #8
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Default Re: Fake 'ivory'

I have an old set of pipes with "Ivorine" or "French Ivory" projecting mounts. A lot of people who see the set think the mounts are ivory at first sight. The mounts are a cream color and the material was made with lines in it to resemble ivory.

This stuff is actually celluloid. It is very stable once finished. But in the shaping process it proved to be highly combustable when exposed to temperatures of 150 Celsius or higher. Evidently there were a few shop fires that started back in the day when pipe makers were shaping the celluloid. So use was discontinued among pipe makers.

Seeing in El Gaitero's post that Shepherd is using Ivorine. I wondered what their safety measures are.

Paul Hinson
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