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Spadefan

Lets see your Royaltons

Lets see your Dr. Grabow Royaltons.

My notes on Gragow Royaltons collected from forum posts.
All push stem filter pipes.  Finest quality briar.   Started in ……1981 or 82  I think..  ...They are still made in Sparta although in small quantities….. td

The Royalton made by Grabow Sparta all (through 91') had lucite stems. I picked the name from several old stamps we had in stock, never realizing this stamp also had the "HLT" shield and initials on it. Lucite stem...made in Sparta... TED

Per what Tom has shared, they did only a limited number of trademarked Royaltons (3,600) because the trademarking process was cracking too many lucite stems. Per Tom, they began making these in '81 / '82.  Being one of just 3,600, this trademarked example had to be made at the beginning. I'm happy to have another semi-rare Grabow in Greenville....JoeMan commenting on his spaded lucite stem Royalton.

We also know from TED that: "Pipes went through the factory in "lots" of 12 different shapes.... 300 pieces per shape. 3600 pipes per lot.  When they were finished we would have 300 dozen in assortment.  A lot was 1 name as in Grand Duke -- 6100.  A lot had 12 boxes of 300 pipes, and these 12 boxes moved through the factory together. When finished, to make an assortment in Packing, the girls just took one pipe from each box and has a perfect assortment for a dozen or 30 dozen.. "

TED also said that the lucite stem cracking problem showed up on the first production run and no further runs were made to trade mark the stems.  Yours is a ONE OF 300 of that shape... ♠fan

So from the above, only 300 spaded lucite stem Royaltons were made in any given shape.

HLT made Royalton Crown in the 40's.  Maybe someone can post pics of the older Royaltons.  Ive never had one.

I'll go first:

Look carefully at the top of the spade to see the little crack in the lucite.
pipesbywhitney

Here's a Royalton 83 I had for a while and enjoyed it. Sold it or passed it on to some other member of the forum eventually because it was a filter pipe and I am not a filter smoker. Nice pipe though ...

JoeMan

Gerald...notes above include "Current Grabow Royalton stamp is Royalton and no shield....".  I believe the Royaltons being made today still use the stamp Tom picked out years ago, and do include the shield.  The ones I bought at the factory have it.
DocBrian

Never got used to Lucite bits.   Have one Royalton, tested the bit and its resting nicely in its box. New as the day I bought  it. I tend to clench, no bueno with Lucite.
DocBrian

And yeah, shield stamping was still in use as far as 2010.
Spadefan

JoeMan wrote:
Gerald...notes above include "Current Grabow Royalton stamp is Royalton and no shield....".  I believe the Royaltons being made today still use the stamp Tom picked out years ago, and do include the shield.  The ones I bought at the factory have it.


Not sure where that came from in my notes.
Thanks
Notes corrected.
Steveaux

45



83



... and this HLT Royalton Crown

Sean

A fine little pipe.

JoeMan

I have 10, half of which are spaded.  4 of the spaded ones also have the DG stamp.



Spadefan

Pretty Royaltons, Gents
Kentuck

I'm not a big fan of lucite bits either. However, I found that if I knock off the sharp edges on the button with a needle file and some light sanding it makes it much more comfortable for me to clench. I have a Royalton pot and two billiards I've done this way and it much improved them for me.
Flycruiser

Nice looking pipes. I'd love to find a Royalton 45 (pot).
Spadefan

Here's a 45S

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DR-GRABOW...item33b7534923:g:9V0AAOSw8vZXOJxl
JoeMan

An old, but still unsmoked Royalton Filterwell Ajusto.





pwoodard

Very nice Joe, I like it.
Spadefan

Nice one Joe
Dont recall seeing one before, a rare one ?
ozark southpaw

Joe's post of his early Royalton reminded me of those I have or have had. I think most of them were probably from the mid 50's after HLT moved operations to Sparta.  This Royalton Crown may have been made before that.





These two are a Filterwell and a Bruntley. Bruntley is the one with a stinger--bottom pipe.These I no longer have.




Another Bruntley-needing restored. It is an Ajustomatic and the shape,although the pic doesn't show it well reminds me of the Linkman XX00.


ozark southpaw

This one I no longer have but wish I did. It's the only example of a wire carved Royalton I have owned.




ozark southpaw

I do have a couple of "newer" Royaltons,including this 45 that I'm smoking today. There's a 36 down in the shop.
Spadefan

Awesome pipes Ed
Oldbriar

They are all great looking pipes, the 83's are my favorite.
I was lucky to find one in good condition.

OB
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