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My late uncles pipe collection

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Nightcap, Oct 15, 2011.

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  1. Nightcap

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    Growing up, I fondly remember the aroma of pipe tobacco in my Aunt, Uncle and Cousins house.
    Every summer, on holidays or just for a weekend visit, Uncle John had his pipe going. I thought it was the greatest aroma I ever did smell. I would watch him unroll his pouch, load up his pipe (right there in the living room, like a man!) and smoke the night away. Well Uncle John passed away many years ago, while I was living in Florida, and I had not seen any of them for years and years. The part of my Uncles pipe obsession that I never did see, was upstairs. Now mind you, the man smoked 3 pipes. Had them right there in a rack, on the end table, by the side of the couch.... Upstairs, he had amassed, over the years, AN ENTIRE EIGHT DRAWER DRESSER full of pipes. My cousin showed me this about 3 years ago. I never let on how much I loved pipes, and how I was crawling out of my skin. Formed cases of all shapes and sizes. (Meerschaums, no doubt) Peterson boxes, DUNHILL boxes, exotic european named boxes, non de-script sacks. Each draw, roughly THREE FEET LONG, TEN INCHES TALL, and A FOOT and a HALF DEEP. Loaded top to bottom, front to back, with PIPES PIPES PIPES!!! I wondered if my erection was evident, but I didn't want to let on. I didn't want to seem like I was looking for some pipes. So I glanced them over, commented how I never knew he had so many, and we had a nice time reminiscing. I look forward to the day I can really sit down and go through my uncles life long passion of collecting pipes. I can only really wonder about one thing...... wheres the mans TIN STASH???
     
  2. user0003

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    I bet he only smoked one OTC blend.....

    ...cellaring tobacco is a relatively new phenomenon.
     
  3. TxPipesmoker

    TxPipesmoker Active Member

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    So did you get the pipes?
     
  4. Nightcap

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    In the past year or so, I found out he smoked only a blend made by his tobacco shop. An English blend, which he bought 5lbs at a time. I have yet to see the pipes, the past few visits were a bit hectic, with both my wife, and my cousin having new babies 1 month apart. I imagine next visit I will get a chance to give them a proper going through, at which time I will take pictures and share them. It will be amazing I am sure.
     
  5. TxPipesmoker

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    keep me posted I love pipe porn. Sounds like this is a treasure trove of it.
     
  6. Paul

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    Are you the only pipe smoker? Is there a way you could get a hold of all those pipes? Or at least a few, lol.

    I'd assume if youre the pipe smoker of the family they wouldnt care if you.. you know.. inherited them >.>
     
  7. BradNTX

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    I would speak up sooner than later. You could always mention your own interest in pipe smoking and see if the relatives offer some. Otherwise, you might end up in a visit, only to find out they have all been sold off to some pawn shop or neighbor for dirt cheap. Your cousin would be like, "Oh, sorry, I didn't even know you were interested".
     
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    ^ This.

    Hell, offer to buy them for a decent price. offer to move them all out yourself too, im sure they dont feel like going through a ton of pipes
     
  9. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    NC, acquire those pipes and keep them
    'in the family'!!
     
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  10. BradNTX

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    Nightcap, where did you say your uncled lived again? :whis:
     
  11. furious

    furious Junque collector

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    NC, I will convey this story to you:

    I was pretty close to my uncle too and he had quite a coin collection. In fact, he got me interested in coins when I was a youngster by bringing over huge blue mason jars with the bail lids (they would make great tobacco storage now!!) full of wheaties, buffalo nickels, and mercury dimes that we would sort through and put into books. I blame all of my future collections (read: slight OCD) on him. Anyway, he died rather suddenly years ago and I knew he had amassed a ton of coins over the years. I just wanted something, perhaps one of those old mason jars, to remember him by. Turns out I didn't strike while the iron was hot and my Aunt sold much of his collection for little more than bulk metal prices. I remember driving by his place shortly after he died, and I could see my aunt in the garage going through things in boxes. I thought very briefly to stop and offer some help. Who knows, maybe I would have been gifted something, but I was in grad. school at the time and was running late to class.

    Moral of the story: It's the chances we don't take in life that hurt the worst. Since then she has passed and I have no idea what happened to the rest of my uncle's things.

    Go for it. Tomorrow.
     
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