Unfortunately, it appears I caught this late. The one thing I see is that the Blue Riband logo seems to float above the pipe in the photo rather than being embedded. Focusing on classic pipe shapes and styles which in the early 1900s the pipe names were replaced by numbers in their catalog, it has been that way ever since. Neil Archer Roan of A Passion for Pipes fame is a collector and talks about them and photographs them quite a bit. The auction is over in a couple of hours. I buffed the bowl and stem with Blue Diamond and then gave the full pipe multiple coats of carnauba wax. These affordable pipes feature traditional shapes and finishes made with superior briar.
Okay, it comes down to who are you going to believe. You can see the stunning Blue Riband grain on the photos above and below. I added several layers of black superglue with a needle to fill the empty center drilling. I gave the bowls and the stems multiple coats of carnauba wax. I took photos of both at this point in the process. You must be 18 years or older to make any selections on this site - by doing so, you are confirming that you are of legal age to purchase tobacco products or smoking accessories.
Jacques Cole confirms that, among other factors contributing to this quality, was that every mouthpiece was hand scraped to achieve the notable slim bit, and that mouthpieces had to be an exact fit no matter which way around they were placed in the bowl. I have in my collection nineteen pipes with hallmarked silver bands that provide a reasonably accurate date for that particular pipe and therefore an accurate year for when other nomenclature was used. This is a limited-edition release of 500 impressions. If you were unable to visit the Chicago exhibition now is a choice time to secure a copy by mail for your library. I am an expert on fucking up as I have a lifetime of doing that, so the possibility of an error in their process doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility, or that someone at the factory applied the wrong stamp, or stamped a lesser pipe to sell in a back alley at midnight. That would be like the current president of Ford Motor Co. I have actually read that article, and also the Comoy's post on Pipedia.
Such is the charm of the Comoy's style established decades ago that today there's even something of a niche market for independent artisans in reproducing or reinterpreting old Comoy's designs. He describes the grade as below. Finally, these were small companies. The original patina on both bowls came alive with the buffing and worked well with the polished black vulcanite stems. However, there are certain changes of nomenclature that occurred over the long history that assist in arriving at approximate time scales. I decided on a minimalist approach to cleaning this stem. Introduced in 1933 with the patented Patent Number 2001612 metal filter system and still in production until the 1970s.
With that stem completed I turned to the second stem shape 97 , the older, dirtier pipe. Yacht maintenance, live on grounds gardeners, fuel for the corporate jet, etc require an endless parade of aggrieved persons to support. The finish still had a shine on the bowl and shank. . I went ahead and reported the listing as fraudulent, but who knows whether eBay will get to it in a timely manner.
These pipes were in very high demand by collectors. It is altogether something different to have a poor quality cross grain be selected in the sorting process. These are given normal shape numbers and are illustrated in the 1965 catalogue. We use the SafeSurf Rating System to signify that PipesMagazine. In any event, we'll all soon know for sure, because bovineconsumer33 bought the pipe in question. They do seem to sell for a pretty penny.
The pipe was purchased by a gentleman in Japan, who has told me he reads this blog. The grime on the surface obscured the stellar grain that showed on all sides of this pipe. Henri Comoy died in 1924 at the age of 74, leaving the company in the hands of Louis and Charles. Certainly something to strive for, with the caveat that such is impossible. The pipe in two separate wrappings is in a little better shape than the other one. It did not have any tooth marks and minimal tooth chatter. The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars plastic polish.
The stem is made of Acrylic for good looks and long lasting durability. Should I try to get a little pipe mud in the bottom to avoid burnout? Add lighting, the subject itself, manipulation this was before digital made manipulation easier , perspective, lens distortion, intent, etc. On the evidence of the pipes in my collection, these were definitely very fine quality. Comoy's factory on Rosebery Avenue, London. Fast Shipping, Friendly Service We generally ship within 24 hours and we use Priority Mail.