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found my gramps pipe

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by David Emond, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. David Emond

    David Emond Active Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I found last night a pipe just like my grand pa's favorite pipe.
    So heres a pic of my gramps
    [​IMG]Here is the pipe that he burnt down becaused of use and smoking while driving his fishing boat.
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    Here is the pipe that i found on the bay
    My gramps pipe seems to have a longer shank
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    I will probably give it to my dad as a gift.
    I havent found much about this pipe company but the twisting metal indicates that its a old maker. Anyways im just real happy to have gotten a similar pipe :)
     


  2. KleinToit

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    Nice looking pipe! I love the strait stems, looks like half a canadian. :th1:
     
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  3. muddler

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    Great post! Thanks for the pics. I remember seeing my gramps' pipe rack when I was a kid (he passed when I was 12). Often wonder what happened to those pipes since neither of my parents smoked. I would have treasured them.
     
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  4. jpberg

    jpberg Moderator Moderator

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    Is it a Willard?
     
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  5. David Emond

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    It says pipe maker and under imported briar. It also has a yellow and red dot.
     
  6. ruralhipster

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    Wow, that is a well used pipe. According to my dad my grand-dad never owned more than one or two pipes at the same time, he'd only replaced them when lost or broken.
     
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  7. David Emond

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    I think thats what my gramps did also. Use up a pipe then get another one.
     
  8. colorduke

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    I like that old fishing picture.
     
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  9. Longshanks

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    I've wondered the same thing about a good family friend's pipes. He passed away when I was younger. I don't think any of his kids smoked pipe, but we liked the smell of it. I would have treasured that collection. Also looking forward to my Dad's collection... not anytime soon, mind you, but looking forward to inheriting it nonetheless. They'll have a bit more meaning to me than anyone else, for sure.
     
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  10. lifeon2

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    Its always good to come across this sort of stuff.
     
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  11. David Emond

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    My Tracey mincer Doodler has imported briar on the shank also and has a similar shape. I guess back in the 50's this was popular.
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  12. Tate

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    My grandfather's pipes were all short, small, and straight stemmed. Excellent for clenching and short smokes. I believe the "style" was utilitarian to the utmost. These pipes were designed to be smoked, whenever, where ever, while working, and with minimal interference. It was somewhat of an eye opening moment when in a review thread for an OTC blend someone pointed out to me that most of the old OTC blends were also designed to be the same. Easy to light, easy to keep lit, and not to interfere beyond providing a simple quick smoke. I imagine that much to do with smoking for these old timers was just as much about getting it done while staying out of the way as it was about the smoking itself.
     
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  13. Raffxr7

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    I've got a pipe with the same logo, couldn't find any information on it though.
     
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  14. Labman

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    That's awesome! I bet your Dad will love it.
     
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  15. lifeon2

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  16. Raffxr7

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    Mine is labeled HESSON JR, which brought me to this picture:
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    This looks close to what my pipe has. It actually works well, too, for a weirder system pipe. I ran two over zealous (puffed too hard, etc, working on the farm) bowls of Irish Oak through it back to back with no gurgle, and only had a hint of a gurgle when I tried to force one with black cavendish (I'm about to do deep cleaning, or I'd have avoided this bad cross contamination experiment.) I found another one at a local antique shop, and I'll be picking it up now. For a pipe that nobody seems to have heard of, they sure do smoke well! Your post about your grandpa's pipe got me to dig it out, reshape the broken stem to have a button, and put it to use. Thank you for sharing!
     
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  17. David Emond

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    Youll have to take a picture of it.
     
  18. Raffxr7

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    I started to do some digging, since our pipes share a logo they may be branches of the same maker. Hesson JR is a BBB brand, which makes sense as to why mine smoked well today. Now I wish the darn thing didn't have snapped stem!
     
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  19. ruffinogold

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    Dude , awesome that you got your Grandpas pipe !
     
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  20. RTOdhner

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    I love looking at old pipes, and it's even better when there's some backstory to it all.
     
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