Pipe Rack Question...

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  1. Otoolefan

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    I got this vintage pipe rack at a junk store recently. The guy I bought it from said part of the top is broken, and that's why it's straight while the other side is curved. I disagree & think it was designed this way. Who's right? http://s1274.photobucket.com/user/O...pg.html?&_suid=137156671205904666113457474367
     
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  2. BRotherBriar

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    Could be either. To me it kind of looks like it broke and then was sanded down and re-strained. But it may have been designed that way to allow for a churchwarden or some other larger pipe. It's really hard to tell without seeing it in person. It certainly COULD have been designed that way...but I've never seen another one like it before. Every other round pipe stand I've seen had a round top and a round platform.
     
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    ^^^I agree with the above post^^^ It could totally go either way.
     
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  4. Otoolefan

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    Ah, a mystery! That game is afoot! It just that the break seems too clean, too straight, too smooth for it to have been an accidental break. But I concede it's certainly possible. I have one other pipe rack that has 4 closed holes and two open ones, so I was thinking it was something like that.
     
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  5. Otoolefan

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    Either way, whether by design or accident, it's a unique pipe rest :)
     
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    Either way, I like it. It could've been a small crack or something, and the owner of it decided to make a modification and restain... that would account for the clean cut part.
     
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    It's definately a nice pipe stand either way!
     
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    Just based on others I've seen, I'm inclined to say the top part also used to be a fully enclosed circle. That said, I prefer the top slots to be open rather than just a hole so at least one like that is a plus in my book :D
     
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  9. fishnbanjo

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    It makes for great conversation whilst enjoying a pipe with another fellow of the pipe, it will make holding a churchwarden much easier and it looks very nice.
     
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  10. Otoolefan

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    Yeah, I'm coming around to thinking it did get broken at some point, but I like having one open hole, so it's all good.
     
  11. Otoolefan

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    Thanks, I'm currently applying wood stripper to it, as the finish or veneer was half on and half off. I tried to just stain over it, but that didn't work so well, lol. So, starting from scratch & then going to restain it with a Walnut stain & then ENJOY it :)
     
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    I think I'd go with the refinished theory. It looks to me as if the top part was a complete circle at one time, and someone decided, for whatever reason, to modify it. I've never seen another like that in almost 45 years of pipe smoking.
     
  13. Otoolefan

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    Yeah, that pretty much cinches it in my mind. If this was a "style", you would've seen another one like this at some point. Case closed! :)
     
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    If the stain doesn't turn out so well, just choose a straight color and paint it, it will be simple and you can match your room.
    Good Luck and a nice stand!
     
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    Thanks... Just put the first coat of Walnut stain on there after doing the "Strypease" paste, etc. It's laying on there pretty good. Second coat should really lay on there pretty good, I think. I think this stand is fairly old. 60s? 50s?
     
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    Does it have a brand stamp on the bottom?
    Otherwise its kind of a hard guess, my stand looks old but it was new in the last ten years, so its a crap shoot on age on a lot of them with no marking
     
  17. Otoolefan

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    No marking. It may have had one at one time, like a sticker on the felt bottom, but if so, that sucker is long gone. I know what you mean about how they can look old without them being that old. My only barometer is that in this 80 year old man's junk shop, everything looked like it had been sitting in there for 30 or 40 years, lol. I like telling myself it's from the 50s or 60s :)
     
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    That works as well as anything, but might as well go for the 40's, a little older is always nicer.
    At least in pipe stands and pipes
     
  19. Otoolefan

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    Absolutely...
     
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  20. Riff Raff

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    I always cut out all of the holes in my stands anyway, into u-shapes that hold my larger, bent pipes.
     
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