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GBD Midnight: Any Info?

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  1. gmwolford

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    I picked up this GBD Midnight the other day; the photos are from the seller. I think all the Midnight series I've seen previously have had an acrylic stem; this one has a vulcanite stem with the brass rondel. Any idea of the age/quality of pipe would be appreciated. The seller thinks it was from the 1970s; he bought it from a long-standing B&M 6 or so years ago he said.

    Greg
    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. 4dotsasieni

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    I have almost the identical pipe with the vulcanite stem - I bought it, i think in the late '60's or early '70's. But it's not stamped "Midnight," it just says GBD.

    "Thus shall you view these fleeting worlds: As bubbles in the stream;
    A lightning flash, a puff of smoke, a phantom, and a pipe dream."
    - The Diamond Sutra (slightly edited for pipe smokers)
    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. fnord

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    Greg:

    This is from http://www.perardua.net/pipes/GBDlines.html

    "A touch of class! A rich combination of deep charcoal briar color, complimented with a matching Hand Cut Acrylic mouthpiece. Surprisingly affordable in the middle popular price range." -catalog ( 1980 )

    Do you see any numbers on the pipe? I've got a GBD Ebony 9456 that's almost a dead ringer for your Midnight.

    Fnord

    It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says - like dumb - I'm smart and I want respect!
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    Posted 6 years ago #
  4. kashmir

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    Nice looking pipe!

    The pipe eases you into the present moment - savor your pipe & you'll savor this moment.
    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. ssjones

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    It's kind of hard to tell from that picture collage, but the "Made In London" stamp appears to be in a circle. If so, that is a Cadogan era pipe made after 1981. (pre-Cadogan pipes are stamped "London, England" in a straight line) I have a Cadogan-era GBD with a brass rondell and it is a wonderful smoker. I concluded these pipes must have been made shortly after the merger and used up the remaining supply of brass rondells. That one has a lovely grain!

    Al

    Posted 6 years ago #
  6. gmwolford

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    @fnord It is also a 9456.

    @Al The photos are blurry but I think you're right about the "oval"; I'll know for sure when it arrives. I should've known, or remembered, that about the oval verses straight.

    From what I can acertain, there seems to have been at least two "runs" of the Midnight: the first with vulcanite stems and rondells, the second with acrylic stems and (mostly) painted logos. I think you're right about it being just after the merger, Al.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  7. gmwolford

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    Okay, I finally had time to get to this one tonight. Here is the write up and photos if you're interested: http://wp.me/p2tGZK-2UM

    Posted 5 years ago #
  8. gwtwdbss

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    Wow, great restoration Greg!

    Posted 5 years ago #
  9. ssjones

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    I just read and commented on the Reborn Pipes blog, nice job! Everyone needs a shape 9456!

    Posted 5 years ago #
  10. gmwolford

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    Thank you, sirs; much appreciated. And Al, I agree: everyone should have one (or two) of that shape!

    Posted 5 years ago #
  11. gmwolford

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    Thank you, sirs; much appreciated. And Al, I agree: everyone should have one (or two) of that shape!

    Posted 5 years ago #
  12. papipeguy

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    Great job on that pipe.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
    Posted 5 years ago #
  13. jah76

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    Greg that is an awesome looking pipe. Nice restoration.

    Posted 5 years ago #

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