Ben Wade Special Collection Boxed Set
Hello all! I’m fairly new to this forum and thought I’d share one of my recent acquisitions.
Back in the early 70’s I remember how intrigued I was the first time I saw a Danish freehand listed in one of my dad’s Tinderbox catalogs. Ever since that day I’ve had a love for them and continue to acquire better examples on eBay. So when I stumbled upon this four-pipe Ben Wade Danish Hand Model Special Collection the other day my heart skipped a beat or two!
After contacting the seller who luckily lived in my area, she asked if I would like to see the collection. I was there in a heartbeat and awestruck with what I saw! Even though they had been smoked (albeit very lightly), these pipes were in mint condition without a single scratch or ding to be found. Even the vulcanite stems were pristine! Best of all they weren’t haunted by the dreaded aromatic ghost that can render the finest pipe all but unsmokable.
The grain on these were stunning! 360 degrees of very tight straight grain around each bowl and along the stems. If these were Italian, I wouldn’t be surprised if they would be graded as fiammata or very nearly so. Even though large, they were amazingly light for their size, attesting to the quality of briar used. Needless to say I was hooked! I had to have these and seeing that there were no bids registered on eBay I made her an offer. She accepted and added a Buy it now option to the listing which I promptly jumped on.
The pipes were nearly pristine and required very little cleanup. They hadn’t been smoked in over 15 years as they had belonged to her father who had passed 7 years ago. He was also an avid collector and obviously took very good care of his pipes. They smoke wonderfully! Cool and dry and amazingly neutral. I have a good-sized collection of freehands but these are without a doubt a few of the finest I’ve ever had the privilege to smoke.
What an incredible find! Congratulations on your latest acquisition and thanks for sharing these treasures with us
Beautiful set. I love sets, and you found a great one.
Amazing to find this collection intact ! Happy puffing.
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Wow gorgeous, nice, any pipe collector would love to own that set. Welcome to the site!
I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.
"we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
I've got a Ben wade Danish pride freehand that's quite similar to those, it smokes great, paid 18$ for it
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Wow! Thank you for sharing that with us. Wonderful!
Wow, you hit the motherlode. Cherish them.
Blowin' smoke since 1970.
Awsome mate, nice to add to your collection.
If at first you don't succeed, have another bowl.
What a great set, congrats on your new additions.
That is a great find, I have one Ben Wade, Huge Thing, I smoke it once a month whether I need to or not. LOL. The old cajun
The Old Cajun
The same seller also had a two-pipe Sven-Lar Sculpture boxed set from 1984 listed on eBay that I decided to nab as well. I’ll post pics of it under a new thread. I took both sets to Fader’s, the B & M I frequent and showed it to the guys. They were amazed! Mike, one of Fader’s long-time employees and an avid pipe collector himself said that he’s never seen sets as these in such pristine condition. He’s only seen one other Ben Wade collection and this was the first Sven-Lar set he’s come across. Definitely once-in-a-lifetime acquisitions.
The shape doesn't really appeal to me, as I don't care for most freehands. But that grain is amazing!
As long as I got a pipe full of baccy and a nose full of snuff, I'm a happy camper
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That is a beautiful collection. Congratulations!
Man, those are FANTASTIC.
Where do you live? Not like I'm planning on breaking in to your house and stealing those or anything. Bwahahahaha.
I'm so awesome, I make myself jealous of myself.
They're stunning. I hope they give you a long lifetime of pleasure, Pete.
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