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Can anyone identify this pipe please?

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Jim Towey, Apr 30, 2011.

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  1. Jim Towey

    Jim Towey Member

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    Hi all,
    I know next to nothing about pipes but i've acquired this lovely looking one with a hallmarked gold collar but cannot decipher the makers name. I've search every possible option I can think of to no avail. Is it Zole, Pole? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, Jim

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  2. YOJiMBO20

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    Looks like it says Zole to me. Where are the hallmarks from?
     
  3. Jim Towey

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    I think the hallmark is British but i'm not sure?

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  4. YOJiMBO20

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    Looks like a Shamrock, so maybe Irish?
     
  5. Jim Towey

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    I've investigated further and the hallmark is for Chester, England. The JLD mark may well be for John Louis Duncan.
     
  6. Falconeer

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    Hi All,

    My guess is F. Cole - the hallmar4k looks English but it isn't Sterling Silver - Old Ted will get this one more right than me - I think it's Continental Silver -therfore produced to emulate the Engish style - hence Ye Olde Root - possibly Italian before they became established or French
    Couls be wrong though!
    Gerrry
     
  7. Jim Towey

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    Thanks for the reply Gerry but to clarify, the collar is 9 carat gold, not silver, and the hallmark is definately that of Chester, England.
    Jim
     
  8. Jim Towey

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    The photograph of the hallmark looks like .875 but it actually reads .375
     
  9. Old Ted

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    I have a suspicion that it's French - could be wrong, but that does not look like an English hallmark. The letters can easily be taken wrongly as the same letter will have so many differing script styles. I am suspicious of 'Ye Olde Roote' - I have a few that say this , but it is always 'Root' without the E, and there is usually 'London Made' on a period pipe of this quality. I have a few that are similar - continentaly made in the English style, but never the less quality pipes - as indeed this one gives the impression of being.
    Just my impression, and I'll bow to a more informed opinion than mine!
    Cheers, OT
     
  10. Falconeer

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    Hi All,

    I'm with Ted here - his experience is the one I called on - this is the man that works for antique shops and who'se estimation I'd trust..... as I said I could be wrong.....

    Either way if it's a good smoker - what's the difference?

    Best to all

    Gerry
     
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