What should I be hunting for in estate pipes? Tell me about some good ole briar.

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What should I be hunting for in estate pipes? Tell me about some good ole briar.

Post by Xring04 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:42 pm

So being new to pipes in general I'm looking for some help in what old brands are great old pipes. I like cobs, but I just cant see buying one used.

So far I've been looking at Stanwells, Savinelli, Peterson, Brebba, Ropp, and Sasieni. What other brands should I be searching for.

It's been a blast so far learning about them.

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Post by Bloodhound » Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:23 pm

Comoy is missing from your list...There are some beautiful old Comoy pipes available. You might also look for Dunhill...they tend to be pricey but you can sometimes find Parker and Hardcastle brands (Dunhill seconds brands) for reasonable $$. Also don't overlook BBB pipes and some of the other lesser know brands.
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Post by Fainn » Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:10 pm

Pre 1970s briar is going to be a lot older than what's currently available you can usually find some drugstore brands with 50 to 100-year-old rootbrier. Manx and African meeraxhaum are also highly sought after.
Also just because it's old doesn't necessarily mean it's valuable. I've seen pipes of cracked shanks have a price tag of $100.
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Post by Xring04 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:48 pm

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This is the first estate I purchased. Super happy with it. It’s a Savinelli Lumberman. It just feels right. It’s got me on the hunt.

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Post by vwdeano » Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:36 pm

Gotta tell you, Grabow used some great briar in their 50s/60s pipes... Starfire, Eldorado, Emperor, Belvedere, viscount, Commodore... There are some dandies out there and sometimes priced for a steal...

I'm also a sucker for the old kaywoodies. they have some swell briar, too.
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Post by DepartedLight » Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:12 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:23 pm
Comoy is missing from your list
as is Wessex
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Post by Xring04 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:29 pm

DepartedLight wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:12 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:23 pm
Comoy is missing from your list
as is Wessex
I saw that Wessex has both French and Italian made pipes, any preference?

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Post by Xring04 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:29 pm

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Post by Goose55 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:56 pm

Xring04 wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:42 pm
So being new to pipes in general I'm looking for some help in what old brands are great old pipes. I like cobs, but I just cant see buying one used.

So far I've been looking at Stanwells, Savinelli, Peterson, Brebba, Ropp, and Sasieni. What other brands should I be searching for.

It's been a blast so far learning about them.
The Italian made Ardor is an excellent pipe, but can be pricey.
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Post by DepartedLight » Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:19 pm

Xring04 wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:29 pm
DepartedLight wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:10 pm
Stanley76 wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:01 pm
Xring04 just unleashed the Kraken.
8O
Lets get this knowledge base working! I'm trying to learn.
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Post by Hovannes » Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:45 pm

Hardcastles, Jobey (make sure it has the correct Jobey link, or the correct Jobey link is still available or you're toast) and Irish Seconds.
Mastercraft made some nice pipes in the 60's.
Picadilly was rebadged Comoy, IIRC
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Post by BeefyG » Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:27 pm

I’m fond of GBD pipes as well

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Post by Xring04 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:29 pm

Just bought this Stanwell. PAD is real.

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Post by Xring04 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:30 pm

I think it’s perfect for Royal Yacht.

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Post by CodeMonkey » Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:54 pm

I would avoid anything that came from a leper colony.
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Post by JudgeRusty » Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:09 pm

Savinelli is a good idea, never had a bad one.
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Post by hugodrax » Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:06 am

Avoid thinking of Parker or Hardcastle as seconds lines. They were subsidiary lines, like Rossi is to Savinelli, not scratch and dent Dunhills.

Think of them as damned fine pipes on their own!
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