A Strange Pipe Came In This Week

Discussion in 'Meerschaum Pipes' started by xrundog, Aug 10, 2013.

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  1. xrundog

    xrundog Active Member

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    I bought this pipe on the chance it might be an old CPF or something similar. I always like a nice Bakelite stem. The first thing I noticed was that the bowl has a centered draft hole. And after a little cleaning, it appeared to be a metal washer. Strange! Then I noticed that at the bead, the top part of the bowl seemed to overhang the bottom on one side. That's when the light bulb went on over my head. The bowl must be removable! I had never seen a Meerschaum exactly like this before. The next question was: Is it threaded or not? It took a while to break it loose, it turned out to be simple pressure against a cork ring. Since taking these photos I've replaced the cork. The original stuff dried out and gradually crumbled. And it smokes surprisingly good.

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  2. MacNutz

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    wow, that is strange and interesting. Thanks for the pics. I would never have guessed what was inside the pip, just to look at it.
     
  3. Lucky Duck

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    I've never seen anything like that. What else can you tell us about your new pipe?
     
  4. xrundog

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    Not much. The band is nickel plate. No maker's mark, just the usual fake hallmarks. The stem is a cherry Bakelite push type. Probably a teens-twenties pipe.
     
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  5. Lucky Duck

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    What a treasure! enjoy it!
     
  6. krusty

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    A miniature calabash, bulldog style. Sweet!
     
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    I have an ancient Kaywoodie that does the same type thing . I need to take pictures of it cause I think you'd appreciate it . That pipe you got there is simply awesome !!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. xrundog

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    That must be a twin bowl. They sold in cases with an extra bowl. I've never been able to get one. Kaywoodie collectors always bid them way up.
     
  9. gunsmoke

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    Very cool. Like a gourd calabash except different. Looks like it has a hallmark on the stem also you should investigate that. Enjoy!
     
  10. Terry292

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    I've never seen a meerschaum like that. Very interesting. I do have a Captain Warren similar to that, only meerschaum and briar. The bowl and stem are threaded. The only marking on the pipe is GFB in an oval on the shank.
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  11. xrundog

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    Ooooooh, an underslung! Pretty! My theory (based on nothing except French Briar was a big deal way back) is that GFB stand for Genuine French Briar.
     
  12. t-bear

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    Beautiful old pipe! Closest thing I have to that is this one:
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    A GFB with meer inner bowl, amber outer bowl and Bakelite stem. On mine, the bowl screws in. Stem *may* be a replacement, but I haven't found anything for comparison. Band is marked "Sterling", no other markings. Case is marked "GFB" and "Block Meerschaum".

    If you tire of this beauty, mine would love some company! LOL LOL!
     
  13. xrundog

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    I'll keep you in mind Ted. :puffy:
     
  14. MeerSteve

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    An AMBER bowl? omg, don't drop it ever. :eek:
     
  15. dmkerr

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    I like it, 'dog! It's a keeper! :th1:
     
  16. Shootinok

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    Really Cool, and very unique. Thanks for sharing pic.
     
  17. Arthur Salmons

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    I have limited experience but I've never seen anything like that before and it's very unique and interesting.
     
  18. Rymw

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    Genuine amber bowl? That pipe is worth its weight in gold! Congratulations on owning such a rare little 'jewel', T-bear :)
     
  19. Russell Hartman

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    WOW--really--really cool. Glad you got it--mos of all enjoy it.:bing:
     
  20. bubbagump

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    Very nice. I get excited whenever I see one of your threads pop up. Nine times out of ten, it's a pipe that I've never seen before.
     
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