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A George Sidney Dunhill Coming Home to Vegas

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  1. ashdigger

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    After seeing the discussions about George Sidney (who I'd never heard of) here on the Forum I decided to check into the pipes and the man. I quickly found that he directed Viva Las Vegas with Elvis and that he lived and then passed way in Vegas. I was sold. Then while I was looking on eBay for a Dunhill, not a George Sidney pipe, I came across this Dunnie that was owned by George Sidney and decided I'd look closer at the pipe. It's a little long for my smoking style BUT it's a George Sidney Prince of Wales Dunhill from 1935. Evidently it was a Vernon Tenon converted over to a traditional tenon, which is fine. I think the main reason I wanted it was so that now the pipe is back home in Vegas. Either way, here's the photo's from the listing. I'll have it in my hot little hands this Friday.

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    Wow! This going to he a show piece, or are you going to smoke it?

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    If it's too long for you, send it to Cajun Land I'll use the stem to stir my Étouffée . Then some some Nitecap Étouffée .

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    That is a very nice pipe! Congrats on acquiring it!

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

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    Duane, I plan on smoking it, but because it's a tad over six inches it'll only be on certain occasions.

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    WOW!

    Michael
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    That's quite nice. I had a long prince of Wales once-not a Dunhill-about that length or a tad longer. Unfortunately the tenon snapped. Wasn't worth fixing but would like to have a long P of W again.

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    That is a thing of beauty!

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    Let's see some pics of the Vernon conversion! (said the repair guy)

    Dogs live such short lives... and spend most it waiting for us to come home
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    Georged, When it arrives I'll put up some pics. The seller, Mr. Valitchka, didn't takes pics of the tenon.

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    A true beauty, comin' home...

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    That is magnificent! Congratulations on a great piece of history.

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    A magnificent pipe! Enjoy.

    "If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and sex, you don't actually live longer; it just seems that way."
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    Very cool. I bet you'll be smoking that one more than you think, despite the length. I bet she only weighs in around 35 grams. Looks pretty solid from those pix.

    Al

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    Al, the dimensions are.......Length 6 1/4 inches; Bowl Height 1 1/2 inches; Inside Depth 1 1/4 inches; Inside Diameter 7/8 inch; Weight 1.25 ounces or 35 grams.

    Nice eye Al, nice eye.

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    Congratulations...that stem really matches the briar well. Enoy it

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    Thats a beautiful pipe.

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    I posted the Ben Wade pipe that has the same stamp of George Sidney. It appears your pipe was also stamped by Al Kramer owner of Kramers Pipe store in Hollywood. I have written them to see if they have any information in their old files about Mr. Sidney or the pipes he may have purchased or had stamped there. Very interesting to place these elegant pipes with their owner. Yours is truly a beautiful pipe and a great piece of history. Hoppes

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    What an awesome story. I think you were meant to own that pipe. Destiny, I tell ya. Beauty.

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    It's a lovely pipe, Tim.

    Just looked up George Sidney on IMDB and he directed some of the best musicals that ever came out of Hollywood: Kiss Me Kate, Showboat, Pal Joey and Annie Get Your Gun. (I'm guessing he and Howard Keel might've been friends.)

    Nicely done, pal.

    Fnord

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    Congrats. Very nice looking pipe with some great history.

    "These are ghosts that are more at home in a girdle-filled drawer than one of my pipes." Quote by Neil Archer Roan on lakeland ghosts
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    Hoppes, that's pretty cool! I recently purchased quite a bunch of Kramer's blends from SmokingPipes.Com and now I'll dedicated that pipe to those blends. Just better and better!

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    The pipe landed! A great way to ensure no new bowl coating or reaming by the seller is to include a little bit of burned pipe tobacco still clinging to the interior of the bowl.

    According to the patent No. 1861910/32 this should have the Vernon Tenon. This one does not. Here are some of my crappy photos.

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    Hmmmm. A glued tenon repair. I've tried a couple, no luck , but that one will hopefully hold.

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    John, I don't really think it's a "repair". I think it's a reworking, if that makes sense. Supposedly it's for a Vernon, but what was the remedy if the customer didn't want the Vernon? Was Dunhill replacing it with this? The stem is definitely original, but it makes me wonder what's up.

    Btw, it smokes extremely well.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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