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dermotfahy

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I bought a pipe at an antique store a few months ago, I originally thought it said "DIGE" on the side, but now that I have cleaned it up it actually says: "D/GB London" and on the other side "Made in England 9438". Is this a GBD or not? And, if so, about what age do you think it is?

 

captainsousie

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Sounds like you found a Digby which is a GBD second. Post a pic of it if you can and that might help. Is there a D on the stem?

 

dermotfahy

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Not that I can see, but I think you are right, now that I look at it a little closer I can just barely see part of a "Y".

 

captainsousie

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That shape is one of my top 5 favorite shapes. Nice one to have and the nomenclature sounds pre-Cadogan. Good get.
EDIT: If you need more info or help with a resto on it, drop me a PM.

 

ssjones

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Neat, a Digby 9438! I have an old Digby 9242 shape (similar, just with a tapered stem vs. saddle). Let see a picture of that one.

 

dermotfahy

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Al, I'm not sure you would want to see a picture of it, the pipe was really a mess when I got it, it had so much cake that I could not fit the tip of my little finger in it! It really cleaned up well though, other than the fact that the previous owner apparently was enamored of the Custombilt style of rusticating... pipe bits. The end of the bit looks like it has been worked over pretty well with a Dremel, ugly as can be, but it is a good smoker and actually I find the rusticated bit fits my mouth quite well!
CaptainSousie, what does pre-Cadogan mean? I do not know much about these pipes.

 

captainsousie

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GBD was taken over by the Cadogan company in 1981 and quality declined markedly. GBD and sub brand pipes that came before that time are generally considered to be "better".

 

ssjones

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Pre-Cadogan pipes are stamped "London, England" in a single line. Cadogan era pipes started around 1981 and the stamped changed to a round "Made In London" with "England" underneath in a straight line.
Heck, now I have to see it!