College class pipe?

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IrvEsters

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A pipe I bought has an inlaid silver Y with 19 on one side and 10 on he other. There is an L in the fork of the Y - does anyone know if pipes were made in honor of a graduating class - my hunch is mine might be "Yale Law, 1910" the font is right but I cannot be conclusive, even on brand - it does have the words best make on the shank so maybe a BBB? Suggestions or clues welcome!
 

IrvEsters

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That does have a Yale look to it. Real interesting. I hope you learn the history of it. I got nuthin.
Any idea where to start? Pipephil has nothing similar - the silver inlay is also stamped on the shank so I thought it might be an anniversary commemorative or something - I have stomped a hole through google to no avail and am at a dead end.
 

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I found this, maybe they had briars back then?

So when I saw people talking about pipe smoking at Yale, and posting pics of smoking jackets in the Yale threads on this board, I thought it was really ridiculous.

Then, at graduation yesterday, every Yale College graduate was given a clay pipe and a small packet of tobacco. The tradition of giving pipes and tobacco to the students apparently dates back over 140 years.

Some friends and I smoked the pipes this evening, and afterwards we all smashed the pipes, also in accordance with tradition to symbolize the end of an age.


Or perhaps a graduation gift for one special family member?
 

Texhealer

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I'd say your on the right track anyway, I've seen similar pipes for sale described as graduation year collage pipes, I don't know enough to say for sure this one was made for a Yale student but if the font is the same I'd say its a pretty safe bet.

" best make" is ringing a bell in my head but my memory is a little like Swiss cheese, and I can't recall anymore at the moment.

Hopefully someone that knows more will check in.
 

IrvEsters

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I'd say your on the right track anyway, I've seen similar pipes for sale described as graduation year collage pipes, I don't know enough to say for sure this one was made for a Yale student but if the font is the same I'd say its a pretty safe bet.

" best make" is ringing a bell in my head but my memory is a little like Swiss cheese, and I can't recall anymore at the moment.

Hopefully someone that knows more will check in.
Thanks for the info - "Best Make" was or is a line of BBB pipes but I haven't seen any BBB without their logo
 

IrvEsters

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I found this, maybe they had briars back then?

So when I saw people talking about pipe smoking at Yale, and posting pics of smoking jackets in the Yale threads on this board, I thought it was really ridiculous.

Then, at graduation yesterday, every Yale College graduate was given a clay pipe and a small packet of tobacco. The tradition of giving pipes and tobacco to the students apparently dates back over 140 years.

Some friends and I smoked the pipes this evening, and afterwards we all smashed the pipes, also in accordance with tradition to symbolize the end of an age.


Or perhaps a graduation gift for one special family member?
I saw that reference as well - that's what got me thinking about it commemorating a class - the Y is in the same font as Yale - I also came across a "C" in silver inlay on a pipe on eBay which provided support for my hunch. Thanks for your help!
 

IrvEsters

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I might guess the L is for law, would be nice if it had the owners name on it someplace, and is that collar silver?
It is stamped "sterling" but no number or additional info - is that meaningful in any way? I really don't know a lot about what I'm looking for or at!
 
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I've seen similar college pipes with different block-letter logos on them, I'd say you've got a piece of college memorabilia for sure. There are a few that pop up on eBay and at shows from time to time
 
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