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Mickey
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:35 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was born and raised in Montana, and the only pipe smoker I knew growing up was my father. He smoked a Grabow Silver Duke bent Blue Spade amongst the mountains and pines whilst fishing, and took his pipe to work on weekdays. It was always sitting on the dashboard of our van. He smoked Apple, Argosy Black, Captain Black Regular and always some form of local blend (usually Billings Supreme). I always loved how it smelled and couldn't wait to be old enough to smoke a pipe myself. My first pipe (which I bought in 1996 and still have) is a bent Riviera with a leaf carved in the bowl. My dad only had two pipes, for about 20 years, until I started giving him a few. He still has the Grabow I grew up seeing (I'll try to post a pic.), and he had a Freehand for years till he dropped it and broke it whilst fishing the Boulder River (where I grew up).



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acaciavet
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the old Grabows.You had better never let it leave the family!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, that pipe is coming to me, and I will pass it on to my children. Definately an heirloom!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I had some of the pipes from the smokers in my family but I don't. My Dad never smoked a pipe but my Grandfather did along with my Uncles. Grandad is the one that started my interest and gave me my first pipe. They have all passed on long ago and their pipes have disappeared who knows where. So has my first pipe for that matter. You are lucky to have such a keepsake.
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Nikky1971
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:22 am    Post subject: I'm all "puffed out!" Reply with quote

Hello fellow Dr Grabow collectors Smile .. Hope im not intruding!
Just checking out your forum and was hoping I could find some information about a certain Dr Grabow pipe I've been ask to sell. An elderly family friend has decided he's selling EVERYTHING and shacking up with his new girlfriend at the ripe old age of 70 .. "Good on him I say!"
The problem is I opened my big mouth and said I would help sell his possessions for him online but didn't realise he was an active collector of just about EVERYTHING! SO, to cut a long story short, I've come across a few items that I have absolutely no idea about and his Dr Grabow Pipes are just the start. Im not sure if they're even old but looking at the packaging they may be? I just dont want to cheat him of any funds and sell it for $10 when they might be worth alot more!
I did however (through this informative group) notice the White Spade on the pipe itself and until reading your forum didn't know that there may be some inscription for id purposes. I will have to have a closer look when I head down there tonight. So I'm asking on the off chance does anyone know what his got here? They may be modern for all I know but if anyone has any sort of information regarding these it would be "Fantastic!"
Thanking you in advance ... Keep Smiling!!

Ok .. So I had a look at the pipe and it has inscribed "Viscount 36".. ?? What do you guys think???

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JoeMan
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nikky...while it appears to be unsmoked, the Viscount 36 is not a rare or overly "special" Grabow.  If you were selling it on eBay, it might command as much as $30 in U.S. Dollars.
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Nikky1971
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well a big "THANKYOU" to you JoeMan for the swift reply. Although I knew it might not be a "Special" type, I just had to hear from an expert and my gut feeling was right! Now I can sleep at night knowing I'm not ripping the ol' guy off! Lol Thanks again JoeMan you've been a gentleman and a great help Smile

... Happy Puffin!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy to help.  Are you a pipe smoker?  If so, stick around!  Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ozark southpaw wrote:
Growing up in the Missouri boot heel-north east Arkansas area in the 60's I don't recall a lot of pipe smokers. I do remember a lot of PA tins or sacks of Bull Durham in coverall pockets for ROY smokes.
Since getting into pipes and buying them on Ebag and seeing the condition of a lot of those pipes. it's easy to see that a lot of pipe smokers did consider their pipes more or less tools.
Caked shut,stems plugged and well chewed,holes or channels in the bottom of the bowl,rims beat down and other various abuses.Use it,abuse it,chuck it( or put in a drawer for 30 years) when it can no longer be smoked.
Although I wasn't around then,evidently there were "collectors" around back in the day-as shown from this ad from 1939.



$1 for a new briar pipe is a good deal in 2016 dollars.  The 1939 dollar would be worth about $17 today.


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