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Manhattan Bakelite

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  1. xrundog

    xrundog Active Member

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    Manhattan Pipe Co. was one of many NYC companies in the late 19th-early 20th century. They made nice looking good quality pipes. It's pieces of Manhattan advertisements and catalogs that gave me some idea of how styles of pipes changed in that era. Early on you see ornate rim caps and bands. The better pipes have amber stems. A little later the decoration is simpler, more elegant. And Bakelite is used for everything but the bowl interior. The company was bought out in about 1920. I think they were absorbed into S.M. Frank.

    Here's two examples. First is an all Bakelite cased pipe with a screw in Meerschaum bowl. It's a fairly large pipe circa 1920.

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    Here's an earlier Bulldog. Maybe 1900.

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  2. lifeon2

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    Absolutly gorgeous
     
  3. t-bear

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    Beautiful pieces. I have two that are very similar:
    A GBF (French) meer with amber outer bowl and Bakelite stem...
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    And a pair of old dogs...a straight MLC (French) and a bent "Perfecto"...
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    The Perfecto is stamped "Pat'd Aug. 1-11"...pretty cool.
    I love the perceived history of these old pipes, and darned if they don't smoke a treat besides!
     
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    I love pipe history!
     
  5. xrundog

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    Nice pipes Ted! I particularly like the GBF. It's unusual and an eye catcher! And I think you bought that Perfecto from me.:thu2:
     
  6. t-bear

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    Yep....still in love with it too! :ohyh:
     
  7. xrundog

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    Here's another Manhattan. It's a small slightly canted billiard with a cherry Bakelite stem. Probably 1910ish.

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    Coastal Bend Get off my lawn...

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    Wow. Very nice -- and interesting. I especially like the first one pictured, with the meerschaum bowl.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. xrundog

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    I have a lot of pipes and don't get many opportunities to show them off or discuss them. So I'm using my joining the forum as an excuse to go through my Flickr account and post pics I've taken of stuff over the years. It's also caused me to take out and smoke some pipes that have been on the shelf for awhile. I'm enjoying it!
     
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    Know what you mean...revisiting old friends can be fun and rewarding............
     
  11. xrundog

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    This is the first Manhattan I bought. Probably made about 1920.

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    These are all beautiful!
     
  13. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Love the vintage stuff, simply outstanding !
     
  14. t-bear

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    One beautiful old dog! :thu:
     
  15. Johnny Dingo

    Johnny Dingo Writer of wrongs

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    All these pipes are bad as hell! I'd be afraid to smoke them for fear of dropping them.
     
  16. t-bear

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    They are actually as tough or tougher than any briar today. The amber stems that some of these sport can be on the fragile side, but I keep mine in the case whenever I take them away from home. The Bakelite stems are surprisingly tough though.
     
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