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Spadefan

Lets see your Berwycks

Lets see your Dr.Grabow Berwyck pipes.
From my notes on Berwyck line, mostly from TED:   1955 to abt.1969.   Berwyck line not being made in 1966 when TED started.  Berwyck coupon orders filled from inventory until about 1969.  Berwyck pipes were always banded (shank extension) and only available in shapes:  10, 11, 12, 31, 36Y, 37L, 44, 47, 49S, 50, 50S, 60, 61, 69, 69S, 69Y, 70, 81, 85.  Not all shapes were available in Berwyck. We just couldn't drill some of the shanks to take a paper filter.   Some Berwycks had a metal (aliminum) spade.

Coupon order form from mid 1960's.  

Upper right corner of coupon shape chart describes Berwyck line


I'll go first:  36 with metal spade
TigerJack

I have a couple 81's
Spadefan

TigerJack wrote:
I have a couple 81's


Good looking pipes
Oldredbeard

All 3 of those are really nice.
pipesbywhitney

This is the only photo I have left of any of the Berwycks I have had over the years. This one is one I restored for my 81 collection and when I finally broke it up and sold it in bits and pieces to others I don't remember where this one went:

JoeMan



TigerJack

Very nice pipes there Joe, I love the grain in the first pipe, of course I prefer 81's but that first pipe is a treasure I'm sure. G'Day Gents.
JoeMan

Thanks Clint.  That 47 has that straight grain all the way round.
Thelonious Monkfish

Those are all nice. Joe, that 47 is a great example, bend in the stem doesn't look factory...
JoeMan

It's not really exaggerated, it's the angle.
Spadefan

Dave and Joe, great lookers there
Spadefan

pwoodard

Great looking pipes Joe.  While I am partial to 81's the first two and the pokers are sharp.
JoeMan

Spade...great kickoff info, and nice Berwycks!

I know Ed has a few... Smile
Spadefan


vwdeano

VERY nice pipes showing up on this thread.  I've got a 36Y Berwyck at home, I'll have to drag out the camera...
JoeMan

BTW...this one shown earlier is a metal spade...



2 other metal spade Berwycks showed up on eBay about 2 / 3 months ago, one being a poker.  Don't think anyone here got those, price was not cheap.
pwoodard

Very nice Joe, what is the story on the metal spades?
JoeMan

Phil, Tom recounted just a few months ago that someone punched out a bunch of aluminum spades (I can't remember who or when), but it was very time consuming since they were not inserted the normal way using the spade punching machine, so the # of pipes done was VERY minimal.  I tried to find his comments, but haven't been able to, darn it.  My brain doesn't have any more of the details than that.
Tiki Vegas

Beautiful pipes guys. I'd buy a new one (or two (of the 81)) in a heartbeat if Dr Grabow would do a run of them. In the meantime I'll keep my eyes open for a decent one on ebay.
pwoodard

Thanks Joe for the info on the metal spades.
Spadefan

JoeMan wrote:
Phil, Tom recounted just a few months ago that someone punched out a bunch of aluminum spades (I can't remember who or when), but it was very time consuming since they were not inserted the normal way using the spade punching machine, so the # of pipes done was VERY minimal.  I tried to find his comments, but haven't been able to, darn it.  My brain doesn't have any more of the details than that.


Here are my notes on metal spades:  "With a little help from a friend, here is the story of the metal spades.  Trademarking in the 50's was a slow tedious job. The plastic material was fed into a die cutter and 1 spade was punched out. The operator drilled a hole in the stem, placed the plastic spade on the hole and pressed it in with a hand press.   The metal spades were made in (we think) Winston Salem and were sent to Sparta in little packs of probably 100. This was a test to see if the pre-made spades would make the job faster and make for a prettier finished product.   The test was done on RJR coupon pipes because they didn't want these metal trademarks intermingled with the regular plastic Grabow tm's. With the RJR coupon the consumer only saw the 1 tm that they got.   I think this didn't speed up the trademarking operation enough to justify the cost of the metal spades, so it was dropped.  At a point near this time the rotating trademark machine (the one we've all seen) was designed and put into use.  That eliminated the one-at-a- time process.  How many metal TM's were made? My guess would be a thousand.   This was sometime between 1955 and 1959"  ... ted
JoeMan

PERFECT!!  My recollection lacked most of the details!!!
Spadefan

WayneD

HUBBA HUBBA HUBBA!!!!!!!!!
Spadefan wrote:
ozark southpaw

Top two in this group are in rotation,the rest are waiting for restoration. I bought the 81 from Cletus 3-4 years ago.One of these days..........
Seems like there should be another 85 around here somewhere. It may have went with that big group I sold a while back.


This aluminum spade 81 I got from Joe.It collects dust.

Sean

ozark southpaw wrote:

This aluminum spade 81 I got from Joe.It collects dust.


There's my Holy Grail.
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