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Spadefan

Lets see your Grabow Viscounts

Lets see your Grabow Viscounts.  
From my notes on Viscount:  Viscount made 1956 – 1992.  White Viscount started 1969.  Color Viscount started 1970

Briar quality of Viscount was among the best.  Blocks that were graded #1 and #2 clean, absolutely perfect full grain or needing only a few small fills were made into Viscount smooth.  Grade #3, needing fills were made into Rustic Viscount.  Less than 50% grain were Color Viscount.

Many Viscounts are shape stamped.  Shape numbers were (during my time (1966..1991)) used only on "high grade". Eldorado, Commodore, Viscount, Starfire, Golden Duke.
With some exceptions, shape stamping was ended on everything in the early 80's….ted

Viscounts are Ajustomatic, either flush mount with no aluminum showing or banded and have the white spade.

From TED....Even though I can't remember copying a KYM shape I know it happened. There were always a few new KYM pipes around the factory. Whenever the salesmen saw something new or unusual from KYM, they would buy it and send it to the factory.  One example I know of is the Grabow White Viscount. KYM had a "white briar" for quite a while before Grabow started making one. We found a paint formula and started making our version of the white briar in Viscount. The Olympic pipe is an example.   Ours evolved into the colors (red blue green etc.) for the Color Viscount, Color Duke and Color Viking. At this point, I believe KYM started copying Grabow with colors of their own, but by then they were no longer #1 and Grabow was. …ted

I'll go first:


pipesbywhitney



I've got this Viscount shape-stamped 85. It's got some fine burl graining and is an excellent smoker ... if anyone needs it for their DG collection I will part with it ... PM me if you're interested ... Dave
JoeMan

Very nice continentals, Gerald.  Great intro as always, particularly having found Tom's commentary on Viscount.  

Dave, that's a purty poker.  Someone'll snatch that up.
WayneD

Dang, SF!!!! Some more beautiful pipes. Those are real lookers.
pipesbywhitney

JoeMan wrote:

Dave, that's a purty poker.  Someone'll snatch that up.


You're right Joe, it's got a new home already! Dave
C.E. Purdy

I'll start off by showing this 81.  It's one of the best examples of the old style, I've found.  Interestingly enough it already had a 5/32 draft that I think was factory drilled, and the stem is nice and open.  A very fine smoker.

Next is this one.  Never run across this shape stamp before.  

A 38S.


Both of these came in the 5 piece box set I picked up recently.
Spadefan

C.E. Purdy wrote:
I'll start off by showing this 81.  It's one of the best examples of the old style, I've found.  Interestingly enough it already had a 5/32 draft that I think was factory drilled, and the stem is nice and open.  A very fine smoker.

Next is this one.  Never run across this shape stamp before.  

A 38S.


Both of these came in the 5 piece box set I picked up recently.


Outstanding.  Especially that 38S.  The shape 38 is an old shape from 1937 time frame.

I would guess that your Viscount was made very early on in Viscount production.  Very very cool.
C.E. Purdy

Thanks Gerald!

I looked at shape charts but didn't go back that far.  I wasn't going to keep the whole set but......after it got here, I've been having second thoughts.  Still on the fence though, but if I do decide to let some of them go, I'll post them on the forum first.
Thelonious Monkfish

Love them, got one or two in rotation everyday. Only one without a shape stamp is the 48.

85, 22, 37L


65, 48, 24

There's more to clean but couldn't resist grabbing this one I started on off the work table to get a picture while I could, look at that grain. It's going to clean up real nice.

45


pwoodard

Great looking Viscounts guys!
Tiki Vegas

Those sure are the nice ones. Viscounts--I have a few. But can you guys help out and clear things up about Viscount?

In the opening picture on this thread is a shape #22.  

I have an Olympic Viscount that is a shape #80. I also have a color #81. Is there anything all the Viscounts have in common?  I do realize that styles evolve or change over time and they had a long run.
JoeMan

That's a good question Clint.  I wonder why they called the painted regular Ajustos by the Viscount name and not by some unique name. By the same measure, Color Dukes could have been called Duke and just been painted.  

Here's my only Viscount...one of the "small" 42's, made during the briar shortage when only small blocks could be had.

Spadefan



ozark southpaw

On the Skyliner--





These two made it to the work bench and will get restored-- one of these days.

Tiki Vegas

Wow, what a parade of Viscounts!
Spadefan



Spadefan



JoeMan

Spade, you've got quite a number of nice Viscounts!
Spadefan

JoeMan wrote:
Spade, you've got quite a number of nice Viscounts!


Thanks, they're one of my favorites.
Thelonious Monkfish

Spadefan wrote:
JoeMan wrote:
Spade, you've got quite a number of nice Viscounts!


Thanks, they're one of my favorites.

Some really nice Viscounts, one of my favorites too. Now how do I talk you out of the undbanded double carved 65 and/or smooth 48? For a friend or course... he needs them...
Spadefan



Spadefan


Oldbriar

Spadefan wrote:



Nice! Love the wire carved Grabow's!

OB
Spadefan


Thelonious Monkfish

Geez, Gerald, I think you're the last man standing. All nice examples, how many more you got?
Spadefan

Thelonious Monkfish wrote:
Geez, Gerald, I think you're the last man standing. All nice examples, how many more you got?

Thanks
We'll pursue a different line tomorrow.
Troy_nov1965



I have  a smooth 25 now too

JoeMan

Nice Viscount herd, Troy!

Boys, I forgot about this one.  Got it in a lot last year, unsmoked.




...and...meer-lined.  Tom, any thoughts on this one?

Chapu

I picked this Viscount 50S today. It was quite a surprise, as I had gone to meet a seller to see some pipes I he'd published on a website, and then he says "And I also have these other ones", amongst which I found this beauty. Unsmoked!



 It has three small fillings that don't bother me. And apparently someone was a bit careless with the pre-carbon layer, as it "spilled" a bit into the rim:



 The stem is completely green with rust, but a quick bath in water and bleach followed by some sanding will take care of that.


 From what I've read, since it's number-stamped, this should be pre-1980, right?
Spadefan

A number stamped 50S,
not many of those out there
very nice find

Here's a search engine specifically designed for this forum.  You can search for Viscount or 50S or timeline, etc.

https://cse.google.com/cse/home?cx=015512864952736777695:x5zwqs9kiy8
Chapu

Ah, that should come in handy. Thanks for the tip, Spadefan!
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