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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 1:49 am    Post subject: HL&T  Reply with quote

I've only been able to collect some meager information about this significant corporation. Henry, Leonard, and Thomas, Inc.  started in Queens New York (Ozone Park). HL&T registered as a New York corporation May 31, 1938. HL&T registered in North Carolina February 7, 1952.

HL&T handled many tobacco related products. In 1949, for example, their pipe inventory included the King, Snappy Feller, Sir Galahad, Spartan, Royalton, Filterwell, Standard, Bruntley, Royalton Truline, Omega, and Royalton Truline Churchwarden. In 1955, their pipes included the King, Snappy Feller, Duke of Dundee, Honey Dew, Van Roy, and Dr Grabows.


Henry was Henry Lavietes, son of David Lavietes, and brother of Paul Lavietes. David Lavietes founded D&P Pipe Works in Sparta, North Carolina, and invented the "Ajustomatic" pipe stem joint. Paul and Henry inherited the Sparta facility, and Paul later sold his share to brother Henry.

I have no clue yet who Leonard and Thomas were.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 10:52 am    Post subject: HL&T Reply with quote

Good Stuff dr.

I noticed this morning that the reamer we three all now own, called interestingly: ajustomatic was also part of the HL&T legacy. Ajustomatic here referring to the adjustable capabilities of the scraping edges...

Someone there like the term Ajustomatic. I have to wonder if the reamer predated the Ajustomatic stem and at which time they might have repuposed the term to apply to there stems?

Could the reamer pre-date the ajustomatic stem patent?

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "Ajustomatic" stem joint is US Patent #2,461,905. Patent application was filed January 25, 1946, by David P. Lavietes, of Boone, N.C. He received his patent on February 15, 1949.

Now, see if you can find the patent information for the "Ajustomatic" reamer, and we can compare notes.

I don't have any notes on "Ajustomatic" as a registered trademark, and I expect I would have searched for it. Still seems HL&T would have registered it since they "owned" it, just to keep their competitors from using it.

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do have some records re Sparta Industries, Inc. beginning in 1991. This was after the merger of HL&T, Mastercraft, and Sparta Pipes in 1985, but before they merged with Lane, Ltd. in 1997.

There was a Thomas E. Douglas, President of the Board of Directors at that time. Whether this is the Thomas of Henry, Leonard, and Thomas, Inc., I can't say.

The members on the Board of Directors for Sparta Industries at that time list their address as either:

PO Box 849
Sparta, NC

or

100 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT

The Sparta address is certainly for those members with offices at the Sparta facility, but what entity was at 100 W. Putnam Ave. in Greenwich, Connecticut? And who were these major share holders? And what happened to Leonard?

Added 7/3/08

I know now that Thomas Douglas was not the Thomas of HLT Inc. Still don't know who Leonard and Thomas were.

The Greenwich, CT address was for US Tobacco, which owned Sparta Industries at that time.


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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 1:14 pm    Post subject: We seem to neglect the "now" Reply with quote

We seem to neglect the "now", or at least from the sale of Sparta, by Lane, to International Pipes & Accessories:

International Pipes & Accessories LLC
1731 US Highway 21 South
PO Box 849
Sparta, NC 28675

Jim Burns- Owner
336-372-5521 ×226
jim.burns@internationalpipes.com

Coming Soon:
http://www.drgrabow.net/

When their website goes live we should know more about: The "Now" and more importantly, the future.
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T M, the Dr Grabow Viking was cast. I think it is aluminum, but I'm not certain. I'm not a metallurgist. In contrast, Falcons are machined on a lathe in Britain. Put the metal stems side by side and you readily detect the difference.

Then the Viking stem was chromed. [Nickle plated added:7/3/08]

Jack Martin recalled these came from Connecticut, Milford was what I understood him to say. My internet searches of metal facilities in and around Milford turned up nothing, except an aircraft part machine shop, and they denied being involved with making pipe parts when I called. [Milford Automatics added: 7/3/08]

The Viking bowls were made at Sparta.

More than a few members on the board of directors at Sparta Industries in 1991 used a Greenwich, CT mailing address. 100 W. Putnam Ave. to be exact. Would love to know the details of this connection. Who knows, we might even find out who Leonard and Thomas were.


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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

* Referred to an eBay auction

This Van Roy Bard can be dated pretty closely because of the Ajusto patent information we have. If the patent was pending when the pipe was stamped, then we can surmise this happened between January 1946 (when the patent application was made) and February 1949 (when the patent was assigned).

This would have been an HL&T product. Part of it (the briar part) may have been made at the D&P Pipe Works in Sparta. (Suspect D was David Lavietes, and P was Paul Lavietes - father and brother to Henry Lavietes).  I suspect ajusto stems were made somewhere else. Jack Martin said Sparta never made stems. We should try to discover someday who and where was making these ajusto stems for HL&T. I suspect it was a single facility. And find out if Sparta was machining the metal ajusto components.
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject: I'll Follow up on CT Reply with quote

see what i can find on the Viking.

I know its been our tendency to disregard the Viking and Meer Lined Grabows as actually being Grabows, but heck, If they stamped their name on them then they were Grabows and all a part of the history!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aluminum parts for the Sparta Dr. Grabow pipes came from Milford Automatics of Milford, CT.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no idea where he got his information but David Wright in his “The Pipe Companion; A Connoisseur’s Guide,” wrote: “During World War II, when Mediterranean briar was not available, the Dr. Grabow workmen substituted locally harvested mountain laurel root to produce pipes.”  Unlike most of us, he seems definite about this substitution.

Now, since I am new here, please explain to me what you mean when using the term “Garbo” or “Dr. Garbo” when referring to certain pipes.  I have only three or four Dr. Grabow pipes; one being a Linkman’s Dr. Grabow.   On the near side is stamped: “Linkman’s” over “Dr. Grabow.”  Linkman’s is in block letters whereas Dr. Grabow is in script.  On the farside is stamped: “9745A” and “De Luxe” over “Bruyere.”  Of course on the top of the shank is stamped the crest with the bar-dot on the stem.  The pipe is in excellent condition.

I do not smoke the Linkman's but the others are good smokes.


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