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Flea Market Find

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  1. jmiket91

    jmiket91 Member

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    I was browsing around some of the flea markets just to kill some time today, and I stumbled upon this pipe:

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    The pictures don't really do it justice, but the only camera I have at the moment is the one on my laptop.

    It's a Willard, which I don't know anything about, and I don't really know what it is that caught my eye, but I like it, and it smokes well. It's nice and open. I've already cleaned up the stem, but I don't know if I want to refinish this one - I kind of like the way it looks now.
     
  2. Falconeer

    Falconeer Active Member

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    Hi,

    I know I have seen that type of pipe in the U.K. circa 1971 and might even have had one - it wasn't sold under that name here, but I'll think of something else and the other side of my brain may bring out the full memory.

    When you take it apart - please send a photo of the two halves to see if that triggers the memory,

    Best meantime

    Gerry
     
  3. Joew

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    Looks like its in great shape I say leave it. all that matters is youliek it anyway :) Nice find.
     
  4. jmiket91

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    Gerry,

    I'll take a picture soon, but the stem connection looks like those old Kaywoodies - the ones where the stem screws into the bowl.
     
  5. chambers11283

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    Very nice find, she is a pretty one!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbsu:
     
  6. t-bear

    t-bear Well-Known Member

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    My son has two Willards...seem like a nice mid-range pipe. I agree, leave it as-is. There's plenty of character to that pipe, and nothing that I see that would warrant tearing her down. Smoke her in good health!
     
  7. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Almost looks like a dublin.
    Nice find, Mike.

    dp
     
  8. woodbutcher

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    The first pipe I ever had was (and still is) a Willard. You wouldn't believe how much I cursed that pipe (until I learned that it was my own tobacco choices and lack of technique that caused the problems I was having fits about). I still smoke it at least once a week, just to let it know that it's part of the family.
    It doesn't have the metal band like yours, but I'm sure it's from the same source. They were "coupon" pipes, made through the Dr. Grabow system and, to many, were considered to be the bottom of the barrel.
    I won't mention how many times the GBD, Stanwell, even KW smokers (not to even mention the ones with white dots on the stem) used to snicker when I showed the same enjoyment puffing on my Willard as they were expressing. Today, it's rare to find that kind of foolishness.
    Treat it right. Keep it "stock". I'll bet you will love it.
    Dan
     
  9. Smokingmiami

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    Pipe looks great!!! Great pick up. :thumb:
     
  10. jmiket91

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    Thanks guys! I've been enjoying it today. I hope to enjoy it for a long time.
     
  11. Dondi

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    Congrats on a great find! I bet you can't wait to get to the next flea market :bing:
     
  12. Strongirish

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    I just love felamarket and antique store finds! Enjoy it in good health.
     
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