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Piffyr

A Royal Duke with something missing

I've seen some stuff while working with these old pipes, but this is a new one on me...

I recently acquired this unsmoked, unvarnished Royal Duke (I believe 70, but possibly 31 -- I don't know the size difference) in a lot of pipes.



The stem that it came with it belongs to some other pipe I'm sure. The tenon fit is tight and it's out of register. Neither the varnish, nor the original stem is what I was talking about when I said that something was missing though. Here's another photo to help you out.



It's really hard to make out in the photo (stupid flash shadows!), but the pipe isn't drilled into the bowl There's a mortise and filter chamber, but that's it. It all ends in a solid wall between the shank and the bowl. I'm not sure how it could have left the factory like this. Maybe it was meant for display purposes. Anybody have a clue? Tom?
WayneD

Bwahahahahaha!! Take a hint! QUIT SMOKING!!!!!!!!! Neat score anyway.
Piffyr

WayneD wrote:
Bwahahahahaha!! Take a hint! QUIT SMOKING!!!!!!!!! Neat score anyway.

The anti-tobacco lobby has infiltrated HQ, men! Arm yourselves!
Kentuck

The lady that tests the draw before shipment from Sparta was out for lip surgery the day that pipe was made. Or maybe she was working at the kissing booth at the local fair.
WayneD

Piffyr wrote:
WayneD wrote:
Bwahahahahaha!! Take a hint! QUIT SMOKING!!!!!!!!! Neat score anyway.

The anti-tobacco lobby has infiltrated HQ, men! Arm yourselves!

LOL. The only pipe to be endorsed by the Surgeon General.
Oldredbeard

I have to say, I've got them with the draft whole plugged before, but I don't think I've seen one that it didn't even exist on. Neat pipe though, and I like it not having the varnish.
Piffyr

I just realized that in the photo it looks like there are some cracks in the heel of the bowl. Not so. Obviously, the pipe isn't smokeable as it is. That's just some light scratches in the carbon coating from where I probed around to see if my eyes were telling me the truth.
Spadefan

A really rare Grabow
Cool
Drifter-MT

Spadefan wrote:
A really rare Grabow
Cool


Yes and there are Sellers on Ebay that would want an arm and a leg to buy it!
Piffyr

Drifter-MT wrote:
Spadefan wrote:
A really rare Grabow
Cool


Yes and there are Sellers on Ebay that would want an arm and a leg to buy it!

The opening bid will be $999.99. Let the bidding war begin!
Tiki Vegas

You'll save on ton on your tobacco using that pipe.
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