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Jackpot - dr grabow linkman bulldog

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Jive Dadson, Oct 12, 2011.

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  1. Jive Dadson

    Jive Dadson Member

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    I bought a Dr. Grabow on ebay. Twenty-eight bucks. Well, it arrived today, and I think I hit the jackpot. It turns out to be a Linkman Select Grain bulldog with saddle bit, in excellent condition. The serial number is 84XX. Can anyone tell me how old the pipe is? 1940's?

    I have cleaned it up and smoked two bowls. Half way through the third now. (I know. Give it a rest.) It draws and stays lit beautifully. The taste is still not good, but improving. It had been reamed almost to the bare briar.

    It looks nicer than the pic shows because I have since cleaned it, polished it a bit, and filled the spade emblem on the stem with white oil paint. Should it be blue?

    In any case, Yippee, yippee, yahoo.

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  2. Beale

    Beale Active Member

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    Very nice Pipe! Well done! Beale.
     
  3. Jive Dadson

    Jive Dadson Member

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    I found an old ad from the 40's. Apparently this pipe sold for $3.50 when regular Dr. Grabows cost $1.50.
     
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  4. Beale

    Beale Active Member

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    Have you tried calling them? they are easy to talk to and could tell you exactly when it was made, Beale.
     
  5. Jive Dadson

    Jive Dadson Member

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    I will do that. Thanks.
     
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  6. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Looking at Pipedia and Pipephil's pages quickly, it appears to be from between 1937 and 1944. I didn't look long, but it's either their top model at that point, or darn near. Either way, it's an early, early model...the first years with the 'spade', and it's also a very nice score. Congrats!
     
  7. Jive Dadson

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    Note that on the stem, the spade's point is turned toward the bit, rather than the sky.
     
  8. Jayson H Bucy

    Jayson H Bucy Member

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    Nice pipe, congratulations.
     
  9. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    You think that has signifigance?
     
  10. Jive Dadson

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    It might help to date it. I will try to call the factory Wednesday to inquire.
     
  11. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Maybe, but don't hold your breath. I've seen several Grabow's with that. Also, ownership has changed hands, four, fifty times now? Even meticulous records start to get lost when passed through so many hands. Still, I wish you luck.
     
  12. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Oh, keep in mind most companies aren't Dunhill...they don't stamp specifics on the stummel. My estimate (pulled from Pipephil.eu) may be the best you get.
     
  13. Jive Dadson

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    It was for sure from '33 or later, because it has a stinger that was patented in '33. The patent number is stamped on the shank.

    I require repose. Good night.
     
  14. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    Thats a heck of a pipe !
     
  15. Rewster66

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    Nice score Jive!
     
  16. RTOdhner

    RTOdhner Well-Known Member

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    That's what collecting is all about! Great pipe, and some great history behind it. Considering how pipes were made back then (i.e. handmade by craftsmen, with vulcanite bits), I think those old Dr. G's are everybit the equal of some of the better pipes being put out these days by the likes of Pete and Sav.
     
  17. user0003

    user0003 Well-Known Member

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    'Absolutely Fabulous'!
     
  18. colorduke

    colorduke Active Member

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    Have you checked on RJ'S dr grabow site or on the dr grabow collectors forum,those guys have alot of knowledge on that brand.
     
  19. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Sweet dog, Jive!
     
  20. Jive Dadson

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    Cleaned and polished.

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