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How Many of You Like Silver Trim on Pipes?

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  1. agnosticpipe

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    More and more I'm drawn to silver trim on pipes, regardless if it's original or for a repair. I don't like a lot of silver, but one or two pieces of silver trim. Real silver not aluminum, not nickel, although nickel can look nice too. I've sold some pipes that had silver on them because I wasn't fond of the whole pipe, but for now these are the pipes I have that have silver trim. Gold (not brass) might be acceptable at times, but it can be kind of gaudy if there's too much.

    Silver lovers? Let's see what you've got.

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  2. ashdigger

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    I love silver on pipes

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    I have only one silver band that I know of, on a Ferndown given to me by a Forums member. All the rest have no bands or metal work, or nickel bands. Silver is a lovely touch, but it increases the cost of every pipe. I'd guess it increases it by 20% to around 50%. I like variety in pipes, and enjoy hunting down moderately priced pipes that smoke well above their price point, the way others crave artisan commissioned pipes. Yours are impressive; don't see one I'd not be proud to own.

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  4. alaskanpiper

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    I do like some silver trim. Not sure about the rim caps yet though......I currently have two pipes with silver accents, one Peterson Harp 106 and one Savinelli Spigot Sterling 315KS Bordeaux:

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  6. mtwaller

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    I’m pretty obsessed with silver bands. All of my Peterson’s are silver except for the first pipe I ever bought. Rosslare Royal Irish 120 & 6, Flame Grain 87, Smooth Spigot 120, and I just got a sandblasted Silver Mounted Army 102 yesterday. Next one will absolutely have silver, too!

    P.S. that Rosslare Royal Irish you’ve got there is a real stunner.

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  7. cigrmaster

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    If silver is on a pipe I like then I am fine with it. I don't go chasing silver. My first pipe has a silver band. It is a Savinelli Linea Pui 5.
    What I really like is 24kt gold on a pipe. I have this one Rad that has some gold and I like the way it looks.

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  8. paulie66scandinavian

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    by various reasons most all my Canadian shaped pipes have silver bands on them, definitely, it(silver or other) does reinforce thin shank walls,but personally, I do prefer pipes with no silver or other ornaments.
    Btw What is the make of that Billiard shaped pipe of Yours seen below Peterson Canadian model.?

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    I don't have a lot of pipes (8), but I do have a couple with silver, so I guess I do like it. They are two of my favorite pipes.

    Becker & Musico Army

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  10. anthonyrosenthal74

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    I have quite a few silver banded pipes. I'll try to get photos of some of them up later tonight after work when I have the time.

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  11. jpmcwjr

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    Silver bands, hell yeah! Spigots even better.

    I have a Bing with an aluminum band, and one day I hope to change it out.

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    I appreciate silver bands but don't like silver on the rim.

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    I'll expand on my brief comment above.

    One of the reasons I love Peterson's is their silver. I especially love my spigots.

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    I have quite a few with silver and several with gold, lovely accent.
    banjo

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    I've got a couple with silver. I like them and get tempted to buy another but then I start feeling like Mr. Fancypants and hold off. Just a hang-up of mine I suppose. I should probably try to work through whatever deep seated issue is causing that and just start buying them up right and left. Problem solved.

    Tim
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    If silver is on a pipe I like then I am fine with it. I don't go chasing silver.

    Same here. Gold is also acceptable.

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    I love..............gooooooooooooooooooooold!

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    I do like the Pete silver spigots.

    Otherwise, I'm meh.

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    Not a fan.

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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  20. agnosticpipe

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    Thanks for the comments guys!
    Harris, that Rad Davis is a stunner.
    Paul, the billiard under the Pete is a Comoy's Grand Slam with the patent no. The band looks original to the pipe as I see no need for a repair band, it's stamped Sterling London.
    I really would like to get a spigot pipe someday, as I like the looks of them too.

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    Yes, it dresses em up.
    Bling. (With taste)

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    1 of the reasons I'm a Peterson fan is their liberal use of silver ferrules. Not fond of gold, however. Even 3 of my 5 Nording pipes have silver ferrules.

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    Honestly I prefer the look of silver over gold when it comes to accenting pipes. I have a few of each, but the silver tends to stand out where the gold kind of looks washed out against the briar.

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  24. timelord

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    I've got a couple of silver ferrule and silver spigot Petersons. Also two with silver rim and wind caps. No gold, several nickel army mounts and one copper army mount. That said, most of my pipes don't have metal bands.

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    I like it on briars, but not as much on meers.

    The contrast between the warm organic character of wood and the metallic precision of sterling is appealing. I also love the hallmarks.

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    orley, thanks. I was going to have Rad make me more with the gold but then he retired on me.

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    I love it. I have quite a few silver and nickel bands.

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    That Barling's of Jesse's is a show-stopper!

    I want to say that I'm not a huge fan, but in looking at my collection I have several.

    Love this slim silver ring on a Ferndown.

    1950 GBD 9242

    1939 GBD

    1938 GBD

    James Upshall B

    James Upshall P with custom Tobacco leaf ring

    M. Kyriazanos

    Peterson 999 Sterling

    Peterson B5 Supreme 1998 - 14k ring (a fat band would look too flashy, love this slim profile)

    Peterson XL90 Supreme 1998 (this one is in Mark's Peterson book)

    Al

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    Silver

    Gold

    I like it...

    "the weez"...
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    A little late getting home from work tonight, but here's some of my silver like I mentioned above. Mostly Peterson.

    Peterson Dublin & London 106

    Peterson Rosslare Royal Irish 106

    Peterson Grafton 106

    Peterson Silver Spigot XL90

    Peterson Pipe Of The Year 2013

    Peterson Silver Spigot B42

    Peterson Sherlock Holmes/Hudson

    Peterson Pipe Of The Year 2019

    Ser Jacopo Delecta Albus et Niger ( I really love the silver on this one)

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    S Bang black Blast

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    Wow there are some stunning pipes in this thread.

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  34. anthony416

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    The one on the right has silver, it is a Viprati 2008 POY

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    That S Bang Blast - Wow @Paulfg!

    Looks like Pete's winning the day for volume.

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  36. paulie66scandinavian

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    What a beauties, Folks,I must assume over the years You had spent some significant amount of $$ on your 'hobby, but so did I

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  37. unkleyoda

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    I'm a Peterson fan, argo, I like silver on pipes.


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    jesse decides we are nothing but pikers and pulls out the museum piece he has. That pipe has the best silver work I have ever ween.

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  39. mso489

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    If I remember correctly, Les Wood, the carver of Ferndown pipes, started with Dunhill (or was promoted into it) doing metal work, so I think most Ferndown pipes have silver bands. I think he has scaled back on his volume of pipes, but I think he is still at it, and the estates are still around.

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  40. samuelgawith01

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    Conservative and elegant.The Peterson spigots are about as fancy as I go,if that.

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  41. canadianpuffer

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    Who does like a bit of silver here and there! I’ve got a few and use ash to polish them when they start to tarnish. Now silver rims... I’ve seen only a few I like, that’s generally to flashy for me.

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  42. npod

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    I'm a big fan of silver accents on pipes.

    Here is a great Adam Davidson stack billiard with silver ring I picked up in Chicago. This pipe makes me happy!

    Neal
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    A collage of a few more silver/Ti accented pipes

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  44. sablebrush52

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    jesse decides we are nothing but pikers and pulls out the museum piece he has. That pipe has the best silver work I have ever ween.

    Well, it’s one of the museum pieces...

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  45. pipebaum81

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    Well, it’s one of the museum pieces...

    Not gonna lie, I have come back to this thread a half dozen time just to check out your museum piece again and again.

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    Tasteful, appropriate-for-the-specimen / artistically incorporated silver is a glorious thing, imo. I always thought it added a touch of "barbaric splendor".

    It's not just for traditional shapes anymore, either, btw. Chris Asteriou has been playing with it a lot lately and hitting the bullseye every time. What he had on offer at Chicago last month was stunning.

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    I love silver on a pipe but only when I love it. Its all about the execution. Les Wood is easy to name as a favorite but his pipes really are some of my favorite modern examples of silversmith craftsmanship.

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    I don't care for it, it just makes the overall composition seem to busy and I prefer organic accents. I have bought them for one reason or another though.

    I had this IMP just because it was half price during a going out of business sale.

    I got these to go with my 904/9004 collection.

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  49. agnosticpipe

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    Wow! There are some amazing pipes here! Thanks so much for posting them.

    But you guys know me, I love me some beater pipes,(aka pipes with character). So here are a couple of more I didn't show earlier. An old WDC with an orfic bit, and a really beat up no name Bulldog, which is a great smoking pipe. I always wonder about the history of pipes that look like this, not exactly abused but signs of heavy use.

    Posted 1 month ago #

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