The hose is a partial replacement made from PVC tubing wrapped in twisted leather and glued on. The handle is wrapped in cloth tape and secured with brass wire. Anything that looks like brass is.
Where the hose meets the base has been reinforced with marine grade epoxy and has been painted black. This area tends to be a weak point for most hookahs of this type.
There are gaskets for the stem and the hose to form an airtight seal.
The bottom has been reinforced with epoxy. The passageways have been cleared out. The brass stem is a replacement.
Vintage Hookah, Circa 1978
A collection of images from a reconditioned hookah from the late 1970's. A working usable piece that has not been smoked out of for more than 30 years. It is more of a novelty and decorative piece.
Much work has been done as these types of items tend to be made cheaply. The bottles can be found on the Internet and typically come out of Egypt. The bottles are inexpensive and are painted or coated to look like colored glass.
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Valued in the range of $75 - $125.