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Find of a lifetime.

Post by ryland » Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:59 pm

My wife and I went to an antique store today and while walking through the rows I found a pipe rack in one of the locked cabinets. I never get excited because I've seen like this are usually basket pipes that I'm not interested in owning. However, the first one in the rack was a Peterson Standard System for $40. I immediately found the store owner so I could get in and see the rest of the pipes.

There were seven pipes. Two Kaywoodies. Three Petersons. A Ruby Bari. A Dunhill. All $40 each! I inspected them all and bought everything but the Kaywoodies. They all need a good cleaning, but I just couldn't believe it. I've always wanted a Dunhill, but never thought I'd want to pay for one. Each pipe has been used and the Dunhill's white spot has fell off.

I couldn't be happier with this trip.

Some good cleaning and they will be right as rain. The Peterson System Pipe stem will not budge. Any tips on how to get that out?

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Re: Find of a lifetime.

Post by Stanley76 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:19 pm

Congratulations, that is cool
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Re: Find of a lifetime.

Post by DAN » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:41 pm

I've never known a system stem to freeze in place. That one must have lain dormant a long time. Were it me, i'd swab out what I could reach of the stem with Everclear and then try smoking it. I bet that would loosen it up.
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Re: Find of a lifetime.

Post by hugodrax » Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:47 pm

You will have this find again, but there is nothing like that first time and I am so very happy you experienced it.

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Post by michigander » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:07 pm

That sounds like a find of a lifetime to me. Congrats on the find!

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Post by sweetandsour » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:43 pm

Congrats! I'm always looking in those kind of places but so far no Dunhill.
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Re: Find of a lifetime.

Post by JMG » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:09 pm

Once, at a big, indoor flea market in Montgomerey, AL my wife spotted some pipes and told me about them. Turned out there were two Dead Root Dunhills!...Unsmoked! From late 60's and early 70's. They were some kind of pretty and I sure wanted to keep one of them. However, money was tight at the time and I knew the good Lord had smiled on us. I bought them both for I think for either 75 bucks for both or 75 a piece (can't remember). Threw them on Ebay and one sold for $350 and one sold for $850!!! I couldn't believe it. We were able to pay some bills that needed to be dealt with and even got to treat my wife to a fancy dinner date.

Wish I could find more like that.
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Post by JimVH » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:17 pm

Well done.

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Post by Goose55 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:46 pm

Amazing find. Congrats
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Post by Jocose » Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:46 pm

What a score. Well done.
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Re: Find of a lifetime.

Post by michigander » Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:02 am

JMG wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:09 pm
Once, at a big, indoor flea market in Montgomerey, AL my wife spotted some pipes and told me about them. Turned out there were two Dead Root Dunhills!...Unsmoked! From late 60's and early 70's. They were some kind of pretty and I sure wanted to keep one of them. However, money was tight at the time and I knew the good Lord had smiled on us. I bought them both for I think for either 75 bucks for both or 75 a piece (can't remember). Threw them on Ebay and one sold for $350 and one sold for $850!!! I couldn't believe it. We were able to pay some bills that needed to be dealt with and even got to treat my wife to a fancy dinner date.

Wish I could find more like that.
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Re: Find of a lifetime.

Post by FredS » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:32 am

This is what happens when our wives sell our things for what we said we paid for them.
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Post by DepartedLight » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:05 am

Nice.
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Re: Find of a lifetime.

Post by Bloodhound » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:57 am

FredS wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:32 am
This is what happens when our wives sell our things for what we said we paid for them.
:lol:
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Post by Jocose » Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:28 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:57 am
FredS wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:32 am
This is what happens when our wives sell our things for what we said we paid for them.
:lol:
:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Find of a lifetime.

Post by UncleBob » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:49 am

Nice!

Sometimes, if the stem is frozen, you can put the pipe in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours and the stem will loosen.
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Post by Bloodhound » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:24 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:49 am
Nice!

Sometimes, if the stem is frozen, you can put the pipe in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours and the stem will loosen.
This worked great for my Comoy that was tightly locked...worked like a charm
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Re: Find of a lifetime.

Post by AnungUnRama » Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:47 am

Around here man... people try getting $20 for a cob at these places. Midwesterners are weird.

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