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English Silver Pipes

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by xrundog, Jul 25, 2013.

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  1. xrundog

    xrundog Active Member

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    I don't see many of these around. There are always a few on eBay. But they are hard to get as bidding is competitive. and they are often in sad shape and without cases. I like a couple things in particular about these pipes. First, the craftsmanship of the silver work. Second, England has always been very particular about its silver craft and the hallmarks allow precise dating of the work and sometimes even identify the craftsman that did the work.
    I bought this pipe 5 or 6 years ago. I happened to come across it at the beginning of the auction. The buy it now price seemed reasonable considering the fine condition of the pipe and silver and I pressed computer keys as quickly as I could to buy it. It was dirty and just needed a good clean and polish. Hallmarks show it as the silver being fitted in Birmingham, England in 1913. Stamps ID the pipe as a VR Made in France. The silver work is so good that even the fine threads mating the stem to the shank are silver. There are a few minor dings in the rim, but that is it for defects. Even the stem was (and is) free of toothmarks.

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  2. JoeSmall

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    Yet another case of pipe envy. You obviously have impeccable taste.
     
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  3. Lukasaurus

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    Simply stunning.
     
  4. Tsalagi44

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    Wow. Just wow. Now let's take a hacksaw and cut the silver off for scrap!:hbang:
     
  5. nesta

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    sure, but how's it smoke? :)
     
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  6. BradNTX

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    Haha, I was reading down the thread, about to congratulate xrd on his new, fine looking pipe, and then your comment kind of hit home. So, what of it xrd? :ohyh:
     
  7. MacNutz

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    it certainly is beautiful to look at.
     
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  9. xrundog

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    I've smoked this pipe more than a few times. In fact smoking some 965 (English tobacco, sort of English pipe) in it compelled me to post the thread. Pipe smokes great. Tobacco comes through clear as a bell. Silver gets a little hot, but one must sometimes suffer a little for ones pleasures.;)
     
  10. nesta

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    well it sure is a looker :th1:
     
  11. xrundog

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    Thanks, before I bought it I had no idea pipes like this existed. They typically show up in UK listings.
     
  12. davidmackv

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    I saw some meer on Ebay like that. They are cool looking.
     
  13. xrundog

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    Yeah, I dunno. The silver on these English pipes is the real deal. Like sterling silver. And it is hand engraved. It's pipe jewelry. The meers and French Briars sold in the US had thin stamped metal that was then plated with something shiny but not usually precious. Like this one currently for sale on eBay:

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  14. davidmackv

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    What's those markings? Is this some kinda Illuminati or Masonic pipe with secrets to where to find the treasure?
     
  15. xrundog

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    Without going to look, I think the pyramid has the silversmith's mark. And then the hallmarks. The rest are pretty meaningless (so I believe) designs.
     
  16. Mr Blandings

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    Beautiful!
     
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