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Spadefan

Lets see your Spade and Propeller colors

Linkman's and Dr.Grabow used several colors of spades and propellers over the years.  Let see them.  And also different spade and stem color combinations and propeller and stem color combinations.

SPADE COLOR BANNER COURTESY OF JOEMAN.  ACTUAL SPADES CAREFULLY PHOTOGRAPHED.  THANK YOU JOE.


I'll go first:
Linkman's MLC white propeller on black stem


Linkman's MLC black propeller on yellow stem.
JoeMan

Top one is aluminum...


Here are the light and royal blues...






White prop and sloppy red prop.  Or it's a very sloppy red spade.
Spadefan

JoeMan wrote:
Top one is aluminum...


Here are the light and royal blues...






White prop and sloppy red prop.  Or it's a very sloppy red spade.


Really nice pipes Joe.  

The green spade is a Linkman's Ringmaster right?

What are the line names of the black spades and your two Linkman's propellers?
JoeMan

Spadefan wrote:

The green spade is a Linkman's Ringmaster right?

What are the line names of the black spades and your two Linkman's propellers?


Yes, the green spade is a ringmaster, which came from you; thanks!

Black spade on yellow is a Special, black on orange is completely unstamped; Dr B said it was a Chicago prototype.

White prop on square shank is a Linkmans DG Deluxe, red prop with yellow shank ring is a DG Supreme.  

Once they removed the Linkman name, would they have still used propellers?
vwdeano

Great stuff!
Spadefan

JoeMan wrote:
White prop on square shank is a Linkmans DG Deluxe, red prop with yellow shank ring is a DG Supreme.  

Once they removed the Linkman name, would they have still used propellers?


I have two DrGrabow without Linkman's stamp that have propellers.  One is a Dr.Grabow Supreme with yellow band and the other is a Dr.Grabow Tru-Grain.

Spadefan

Dr.Grabow De Luxe shield Pre-Smoked
Red spade points at smoker
Spadefan

JoeMan wrote:
Yes, the green spade is a ringmaster.....


Joe, my green spade Ringmaster is also stamped ITALIAN BRIAR.  Is yours?
JoeMan

Yes, Italian Briar, and has a sizable stinger with lobes like a radiator.

I did find another Dr G Deluxe (only stamping) rustic pot with the same non-metal stinger you showed, and clearly a propeller.

That bulldog is nice.  That looks like a red spade cut in by a guy who had propellers on his mind...
Spadefan

JoeMan wrote:
....That looks like a red spade cut in by a guy who had propellers on his mind...


I have several props and spades that look like they were made on a monday morning after a long weekend.
Spadefan

Yellow spade push stem non filter Lark 45


Orange spade Westbrook ajusto 42
Spadefan

9508 Dr. Grabow Supreme black spade on yellow stem


9737 Grabow DeLuxe red propeller on black stem
JoeMan

You and I can't be the only ones who own colored spades....

ted

white and orange take care of mine..
vwdeano

JoeMan wrote:
You and I can't be the only ones who own colored spades....



I thought you were supposed to mark over them with a sharpie?

perhaps I was mistaken...

LOL.
pipesbywhitney

JoeMan

pipesbywhitney wrote:


Nice! Is that a 'purty'?  Which line?
pipesbywhitney

JoeMan wrote:
pipesbywhitney wrote:


Nice! Is that a 'purty'?  Which line?


That's a no-name sandblasted medium pot I found with a chewed up stem. After refurbing the bowl, I dug through my old stems and found this one. Although it is a filter stem the bayonet tenon fit nearly perfect and with a little rounding off of the mortise end of the shank it was acceptable and became a bench and poker game pipe ... I like the longer stem. Coupled with the filter area - I don't use a filter - it seems to give a nice cool smoke. Whether the extra 3/4 inch of air channel or the filter space not being used adds a cooling aspect to the smoke as it travels from the bowl to the lip is a matter of speculation but my impression is that it does. Have had similar results from couple other non-filter bowls - an old Yello-Bole pot and a Matersen free hand - that I have restemmed adding some length to the new stem over the original.
Spadefan

pipesbywhitney wrote:
JoeMan wrote:
pipesbywhitney wrote:


Nice! Is that a 'purty'?  Which line?


That's a no-name sandblasted medium pot I found with a chewed up stem. After refurbing the bowl, I dug through my old stems and found this one. Although it is a filter stem the bayonet tenon fit nearly perfect and with a little rounding off of the mortise end of the shank it was acceptable and became a bench and poker game pipe ... I like the longer stem. Coupled with the filter area - I don't use a filter - it seems to give a nice cool smoke. Whether the extra 3/4 inch of air channel or the filter space not being used adds a cooling aspect to the smoke as it travels from the bowl to the lip is a matter of speculation but my impression is that it does. Have had similar results from couple other non-filter bowls - an old Yello-Bole pot and a Matersen free hand - that I have restemmed adding some length to the new stem over the original.


Good save
JoeMan

Another fine 'DavenStein'...and a good one.  That blue spade handsomes up that no name!
pipesbywhitney

Thanks, guys ... it's a good smoker to boot!
BarberTrey

Really nice everyone.
Spadefan

Linkman's Ambrol red spade on top of yellow stem points at smoker


Linkman's Ringmaster green spade on black stem points at smoker
JoeMan

That Ambrol is something and a half!
Spadefan

JoeMan wrote:
That Ambrol is something and a half!


It is beautiful
Only one Ive seen
Stem screws into threads turned directly into the wood of the shank, like the original Linkman's cleaner pipes of the early 1930's although this Ambrol has a conventional stinger


In a future "Lets see your" thread we'll get to see more of these old stinger/cleaners.
Spadefan

Grand Duke 44 Powder blue spade


Royal Duke 73 Royal blue spade
JoeMan

Spade, that 2nd blue spade is certainly darker than the powder blue...but also not as dark as the one I posted earlier.  

Tom shared this earlier about the obvious differences we see, particularly in blue spades:

"The material we used for trademarks came to us in 4 ft x 8 ft sheets. We re-cut them into the thin strips that you've seen. We got a lot of trademarks out of 1 sheet.

We were such 'small potatoes' to our supplier that we had to take the color that they sent. I am surprised that there aren't more color variations."
Dave G

Great looking pipes gents.

Hey Joe, how bout a glamour shot of the whole Silver spade pipe?

Thanks guys. You've triggered my P.A.D. Now I'll be looking for a silver and green spade.
ted

One thing more.. some colors faded and changed over time. Some Westbrook spades look red.. td
Spadefan

Berwyck aluminum spade
WayneD

Some nice looking pipes in this thread but, this 85 is just stunning. Nice one, Spadefan.
Spadefan wrote:
Berwyck aluminum spade
JoeMan

ted wrote:
One thing more.. some colors faded and changed over time. Some Westbrook spades look red.. td


There have definitely been times when I thought a Westy spade looked a bit reddish!
JoeMan

Spadefan wrote:
Berwyck aluminum spade


Spadefan

HLT Royalton white spade on lucite stem
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