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Mastercraft Pipes, Grabow Parallel Universe

I want to bring this thread back up to the surface for folks to see. It's a very interesting read.
http://drgrabows.myfreeforum.org/ftopic155-0-asc-0.php


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colorduke

Thanks Barry,every time i reread that i find something i missed before.
pipesbywhitney

Here's one to figure out in the Mastercraft universe:








Picked this pipe up on eBay this week at:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/290689475...:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

It's an intriguing pipe ... looks like a combination Tracy Mincer Custom-bilt/Marxman pipe that ended up in the Mastercraft pool.

Can't figure out what the metal cleaner/stinger did. It is nothing but a straight-through hole and doesn't do anything.

Rechecked the air channel through the shank and it was bored just under 5/32 of an inch. Did rebore it and if and when I smoke it it will be without the metal part in it ...

Someone else refurbished it so it needs a little work removing the blackening on the bowl rim but the most interesting part of the bowl rim is that it has cuts in it like a DG Free Hand ...

It's a mystery Mastercraft ... can anyone add anything to enlighten us about it?

Any information would be appreciated ... thanks, Dave
GrabowFan

Thanks Barry.  An interesting thread indeed.  I've noticed several pipes on ebay recently that were identical in shape to the Grabow 81.  One was an Amphora, but there were other names I didn't recognize, as well as at least one no name.  I figured that these were pipes made by DR. G for other companies.
colorduke

Dave i have a 84 like that,the bowl markings are exactly the same,sting/cleaner is different but some of my other mastercrafts have that system.The brochure in the box is copyrighted 1946 with a picture of a very young Bing Crosby also the mc address is listed as 2west 47th st NEW YORK 19. N.Y.
ted

colorduke wrote:
Dave i have a 84 like that,the bowl markings are exactly the same,sting/cleaner is different but some of my other mastercrafts have that system.The brochure in the box is copyrighted 1946 with a picture of a very young Bing Crosby also the mc address is listed as 2west 47th st NEW YORK 19. N.Y.


Thanks Scott. That was before my time. Mastercraft was at 6 east 45th st. during my time.. td
pipesbywhitney

Thanks, guys, the 1946 dating puts this pipe right in there with the "Hand Made" craze following WWII when everyone seemed to be copying Tracy Mincer's way of using up briar with surface defects by carving it heavily. It's a nice pipe and will join my small Hand Made collection of that era.

Bing Crosby did promote Mastercrafts during that period and I have seen mention that he owned a little stock in the company.
DRIFTER

"Thanks, guys, the 1946 dating puts this pipe right in there with the "Hand Made" craze following WWII when everyone seemed to be copying Tracy Mincer's way of using up briar with surface defects by carving it heavily. It's a nice pipe and will join my small Hand Made collection of that era. "  

Yep, for awhile, everyone was jumping on the Mincer/Custom-Bilt bandwagon, including Kaywoodie and their "Handmade" line.  

Bill Ungers book on Custom-Bilts is a pretty through discussion of them through time.
pipesbywhitney

GrabowFan wrote:
Thanks Barry.  An interesting thread indeed.  I've noticed several pipes on ebay recently that were identical in shape to the Grabow 81.  One was an Amphora, but there were other names I didn't recognize, as well as at least one no name.  I figured that these were pipes made by DR. G for other companies.


Here's seven DG 81s from my collection that are not stamped DG but have other names and model numbers or lack thereof:




All of these are push stem with the exception of the one at top right of the three in that column, which has no name or logo and an Adjustomatic stem.

The top pipe is a "Douwe Egbert" with an Amphora logo on the stem and is stamped "Xtra 813" and "Genuine Briar" ... this is the only one of the pipes that has a beveled bowl rim.

The three in the right hand column and the one at the bottom left are all stamped Wimbeldon 810 and are sandblasted. I have another one of these that is off getting the tenon fixed that snapped. Some have vulcanite stems and a couple have ABS stems, so they must have been produced in the late '70s to mid-'80s. They have the elongated diamond logo used by Briarcraft that was absorbed by Mastercraft that in turn became part of U.S. Tobacco and the Sparta group.

The top two pipes in the left column have no logo and no stamping other than the one with the smooth bowl rim that is stamped "Imported Briar." The top one, with the Adjustomatic stem, has a vulcanite stem indicating it could have been a pre-'80 pipe, the second from the top or bottom in that row with the smooth bowl rim has what appears to be an ABS stem, which would make it a post-'82 production model. Sparta must have made hundreds or thousands of these pipes for other pipe makers/distributors and for pipe shops to either stamp with their own brand or sell as basket pipes.

They are all wonderful smokers - pure DG all the way!

I also have seven DG 81s and a Hillcrest 81 in my smoking collection ... love them all - they are all, with the exception of the Hillcrest, non-filter coupon era DG 81s.

My favorite of all the Sparta-produced pipes ... Dave
ted

I know now where all the #81's have gone.

The Amphora, Grabow took over in about 1980.

The Wimbleton.... best I recall (cause I was still at Mastercraft) was started by Grabow/sparta in about 1978, and was in Borkum Riff.

Top Left is older than baseball.... probably from the late 50's/early 60's. I just returned one to BWT that had the same top. That top was changed by 1966.

Bottom left.. If it has a white dot it is probably from an Argosy coupon offer that started in about 1977.

I personally never liked the #81, but have 2 and they fit right in with my rotation. Very comfortable.

Authors should have Authors.... Smile  Smile  and you sure do... ted
LokoMac8

ted wrote:
Authors should have Authors.... Smile  Smile  and you sure do... ted


+1
colorduke

I was looking at my other 2 boxed mastercrafts and they are listed at Mastercraft BLDG 25 W 32ST. New York 1.The  one pipe was a coupon pipe from P.Lorillard CO,The coupons were in pkgs of Union Leader,Briggs and India House mixture.
LokoMac8

DrB and I had always been a bit puzzled by how many pipe companies were located in New York and some of them within blocks of each other.  Some of their addresses would bounce around a bit and we begain wondering just how many of these were actually "joined at the hip" in some way.  Eventually, HL&T did suck some of them up before, during or shortly after they moved to Sparta.  Of course, how many of these were actual pipe factories and how many were just distributors of pipes made by someone else still isn't clear, nor do we know if some of these addresses were just "business offices" and how many were actually locations of pipe making facilities.  Keeps things interesting for sure!  --RJ--
JoeMan

Just read the whole Grabow / Mastercraft Parallel Universe thread.  Wow.  Ted, that is an incredible recollection of history.  I echo others in saying...don't know how you recall so much information, and we all benefit from you sharing it, and others then chiming in with additional thoughts and tidbits as well.  

To have not only the information you've penned over the time this forum has existed but to have you 'old timers' here exchanging thoughts with us, and also interacting with us as we talk about the pipes we're currently finding (sometimes as though we've found a new toy) is a privilege.  

I can only imagine how fun and interesting "the book" will be when it happens.

Thanks Barry for bumping this one.
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