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Aaron

D&P Pipeworks

I have come across an old shadowbox mounted pipe that bears the inscription D&P Pipeworks, Sparta, NC and indicates the pipe was produced in the 1940's of local mountain laurel wood.  The gentleman that I acquired this from indicates it was the first pipe to be produced by D&P of the mountain laurel briar wood after the transition from Italian briars during WWII.  Please let me know if you'd like to take a look.
lifeon2

heck I'd love to see it.
pipesbywhitney

Definitely post a photo. Are you interested in selling the pipe? Dave
Aaron

Here's an image - another is in the trading post forum

pipesbywhitney

Thanks, but can you read what is stamped into the side of the bowl? Dave
JoeMan

Dave, I've got a couple D&Ps, one has a sticker on the stem which says "Austria".  My assumption is that came off of something else.  Mine have skinny detachable stems.
pipesbywhitney

Joe - Have no idea what the Austrian sticker could be - probably, as you say, from something else.

Here's a repeat of my comments on this D&P being discussed ... they also are under the other D&P topic listing:

Aaron wrote:
It's stamped "D&P Genuine Briar"  below that is another stamp that is difficult to read through the shadowbox, but appears to possibly be a serial number...I can't see the other side, which is mounted to the box.  I received this as a gift from a gentleman who used to be in senior management with American Tobacco back when they were over the Grabow line.  I was also given the 24 piece display set (I was told this was a salesman's display set featuring the full line of Grabow pipes offered that year).


From the ones I have, I would say the pipe in the frame has a briar and not a mountain laurel bowl. My mountain laurel has an entirely different graining. Below the "Genuine Briar" stamp should be "Pat. No. 2089519". Some of these, like mine (top photo), had hand carved maple stems and others some kind of rubber and/or plastic mixture stem.




The mountain laurel one I have (bottom photo) has no stampings since it was cut for me by Ed James from a piece of mountain laurel supplied by Jim Goodman simply for comparison to these briar ones. The stem in the framed one you have is a bit different than any I have seen, but there were several varities of stems used. Dave
LokoMac8

I guess this is a good place to put this bit of history about D&P Pipeworks that I recently found.  I've had the magazines for some time, but somehow I overlooked this article until TODAY!!!  --RJ--
JoeMan

NICE find RJ!!

Oh, and did I mention already how great it is to have you back?
JWM

Thanks for the info RJ. Would be interesting to know what that patent process was all about.
pipesbywhitney

RJ - Many thanks ... that narrows the window for dating some of these ... Dave
Aaron

That's a great read RJ - thanks for the history lesson.
Notedhillbilly

Thanks RJ!
Wildcat

Thanks RJ!
JoeMan

Here are the 2 I have.  You can clearly see the stamping, D&P Genuine Briar, Pat # 2089519.  The larger one with angled corners has a black stem, the smaller with angled rim has a marbled brown stem.  What do we know of these?



Wildcat

Nice Joe. Unsmoked?
JWM

The patent no. on the one with the black bit was issued on July 14th 1942
and the other issued on August 10, 1937
pipesbywhitney

Looks like they just kind of fit into the transition of the line - the square on being the earliest, the one with the cut-off corners on the rear of the bowl next and then morphing into the square bowl/square shank model from D&P that morphed on into the same model style in DG ... I would put them all post-WW II like 1946-'47-'48 period, but I could be off a year or so either way ... main reason for going post-war is the stems which appear to be rubber or some composite ... Dave
JoeMan

Frank-yes they are!
JoeMan

JWM wrote:
The patent no. on the one with the black bit was issued on July 14th 1942
and the other issued on August 10, 1937

Very Happy
Notedhillbilly

Too bad they didn't make a bent bulldog. Wink
ozark southpaw

Joe,is that stem marbled or maybe heavily oxidized?
JoeMan

I'll have to take a closer look!
drbridges

From US Patent #2,089,519

A common wood forming the pipe is impregnated with boric acid by boiling for 6 hours in a 12% solution within a closed system. This process makes the wood resistant to burning.
~ Alexander Winogradow
ozark southpaw

DRB!!  Good to see you!!
JWM

Thank you sir!!!
Notedhillbilly

It also keeps the rhododendron from killing you with toxic smoke. It scares me that they used the stuff.
JoeMan

ozark southpaw wrote:
DRB!!  Good to see you!!

+1
pipesbywhitney

JoeMan wrote:
ozark southpaw wrote:
DRB!!  Good to see you!!

+1


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