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Is This Normal- Carving on a "Smooth" Savoy?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:15 pm    Post subject: Is This Normal- Carving on a "Smooth" Savoy?  Reply with quote

Today I bought the first new Dr Grabow in years; I got a great deal on it and thought what the heck? It's a smooth bent Savoy that was in the blister pack. When I got it home and opened it I found the backside, the side that's "hidden" in the package, had this small carving on it. Well, I know I didn't pay a lot for it but I'm not real happy with getting a "surprise" since I am not at all fond of carved pipes. Is this normal for DG pipes?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That a carving of a tobacco leaf that the factory has used for years to take out a surface defect in a pipe ...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That a carving of a tobacco leaf that the factory has used for years to take out a surface defect in a pipe ...

Thanks, Dave. I knew that but thought that it shouldn't be marked "smooth" with that carving. I guess this is "normal" for their smooths to sometimes have a carved spot? I've seen many of them as estate pipes but have only bought this one new smooth pipe so I was surprised to see it.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The smooth pipes are the only ones you'll see that leaf on! IIRC-- Medico (and probably others) did the same thing on smooth pipes.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ozark southpaw wrote:
The smooth pipes are the only ones you'll see that leaf on! IIRC-- Medico (and probably others) did the same thing on smooth pipes.

Thanks, Ed; that's what I was wondering. I thought maybe they called it something different and I wasn't aware of it. I've had Medicos with that carving, too, but they were all estates. I just thought "smooth" would be no carving/rustication or anything else, if that makes sense. Now I know! LOL
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ozark southpaw wrote:
The smooth pipes are the only ones you'll see that leaf on! IIRC-- Medico (and probably others) did the same thing on smooth pipes.


There is always an exception ... I just sent Troy a Lark Dublin carved bowl that had the leaf carving on the smooth spot on the bottom to cover up an imperfection. It was restemmed with a Medico stem making it more like a Zulu, Woodstock, Yacht or whatever style small pipe. Maybe we can get Troy to take a photo of that one when he gets it to show the leaf carving on a DG carved bowl. It wasn't stamped Italy so must have been one of the Sparta-made Larks ... Dave
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's one I got recently that has the tobacco leaf carving. That's the only one on it, the rest is completely smooth. So in the package the right way it wouldn't have been seen either.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here it is Dave



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The photo above is the carved Lark with the leaf carving I had mentioned earlier ... I had given it to Troy and he has added the photos of it to this thread ... thanks, Troy.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that's cool, I had never seen a carved pipe with the tobacco leaf on it also. Thanks, Dave and Troy for posting this.


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