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Interesting Completed Ebay Auctions - British Pipes

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  1. bluegrassbrian

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    I was about to post the above cased Loewe. That finishing price blew my mind. It wasnt that long ago I bought my 1915 on ebay for around $115.

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  2. sablebrush52

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    I was about to post the above cased Loewe. That finishing price blew my mind. It wasnt that long ago I bought my 1915 on ebay for around $115.

    You did very, very well. Prices on Loewe pipe have been on the rise, though the price on that cased Loewe from John's collection seems a bit high, especially when 2 and 3 pipe cased sets recently sold from the same collection have gone for considerably less.

    When you have two or more bidders obsessed with the same pipe, market value tends to go out the window.

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    So How do you get obsessed? List and then run up the price and cancel the auction five times before you actually sell?

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    So How do you get obsessed? List and then run up the price and cancel the auction five times before you actually sell?

    There have been a few sellers accused of shilling, though it's yet to be proven conclusively. But repeated auctions usually work in the opposite direction. When relisted, the pipe more often sells for less than the first time around. I'm assuming that buyers who are aware of the original auction become more wary when the pipes shows up again.

    In the case of this auction, we had a "creeper", one of those types of bidders who make a bunch of small increases in the hope of paying no more than needed to "win". Many years ago I got really irritated with a creeper, so I led him into the financial stratosphere and left him dangling there. Those guys can really drive up an auction as another determined buyer reacts to being outbid. I wonder if it's occasionally an ego thing, like losing the auction is a reflection on their manhood. And occasionally there are buyers for whom cost is unimportant.

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    Was anyone watching this Pre Trans Barling's Niblick?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/OLD-VINTAGE-BARLINGS-MAKE-1125-NIBLICK-5-1-2-LONG-BRIAR-ESTATE-PIPE-/401708172177?_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l10137&nordt=true&rt=nc&orig_cvip=true

    Stem is in bad shape and chamber looks a little rough (outside the blurry photo). Not sure if that was a good deal, but still went for tidy sum.

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    I put in a bid on it, but got outbid. Between the crunched stem and the blurry photographs, I didn't feel like aggressively going after it. As it happens, I have a Niblick, so no big loss for me. There probably isn't a rarer production model in the Barling line. The Niblick only appears sporadically, starting in 1917, for a few years during the 1920's and again in the late 1930's when it was dropped from the line and which is when this pipe was produced. We don't know if the earlier Niblicks were also sandblasts, and this one is the first one I've seen offered on eBay in the past 11 years. If you're a completist, then owning one would be worth the money. I got mine as a gift from a member here and it's in much better condition than the pipe that just sold. Good smoker too.
    There's always been a mystery about when Barling started offering sandblasts. During the War years they used the basic "Barling's Make" stamp. The "fossil" appellation didn't begin to be stamped on Barling's sandblasts until after the war and they didn't include "sandblasts" in the product line until 1943. The tantalizing question is whether the 1917 Niblicks were also sandblasts, which might answer the speculation among some Barling collectors that Dunhill stole the idea of producing the shell from Barling, then patented the idea to kill off any competition. So far, no really early Barling sandblasts have turned up. But the existence of these 1930's era Niblicks have at least pushed the date that Barling started producing sandblasts back from the early 1940's to the late 1930's.

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    Here is a good one for Comoy 256 author fans,

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Comoy-s-Grand-Slam-Rare-256-Author-Shape/173877369227

    Did quite well!

    Don

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Wow, how did I miss that one? Rare shape for sure, but even more rarer with the bar stem logo. Good catch!

    Al

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    your slipping Al

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Here is a good one for Comoy 256 author fans

    Nice old Pre-War Comoy's!

    Dave
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    Posted 3 months ago #
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    I hope you'll take some good photos of that gem when you get it.

    Wow! And here's a theatre or opera pipe.

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    I hope you'll take some good photos of that gem when you get it.

    Oh, I did not buy it. That is out of my league! I was just watching it to see how it would do.

    Don

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    Ah, yes, at $345, I'd pass even with enough dough burning in my pocket. Crap photos as mentioned above.

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    This one jumped $100 in the last minute. A burn mark (looks like from an Ashtray lean) right in the center of the nomenclature knocked $400 off the value? Still a decent buy at $153 if you are a keeper. Stem looks original.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Restored-pre-transition-one-dot-Sasieni-Rustic-bent-estate-pipe-/202665885778?_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l10137&nordt=true&rt=nc&orig_cvip=true


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    Oh, lordy no. I would never buy any pipe with a burn mark on it anywhere at any price.

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Don, I was watching this one from second one. I didn't think this would go over the 1200 mark, even though those 2 Barlings look great and I know the value is there. Some of them looks beat up. I'm not really familiar with Loewe... I'll do some research; I'm interested in everyone's opinions about their significance.

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    A couple of interesting Sasieni's as of late. No takers for this one at $385 BIN, just relisted at the same price. By my experience, this sellers pictures look better than the pipe in hand.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sasieni-Eight-Dot-Straight-Grain-Bent/333211314611?hash=item4d94f129b3:g:s30AAOSwRuJc4Hvy

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Shooting against a white background is great if you know how to set exposure.
    (from Al's post just above)

    On the other hand, if you don't you get this crap:
    (from Al's post two above.)

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    I cannot recall seeing this "Cowes" shape before,

    The Rustic finish town name for the Oom Paul.

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    The Loewe- $638. And every photo was blown out, probably in post.

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    The Loewe- $638. And every photo was blown out, probably in post.

    Right, couldn't see any detail. Hope someone was happy...

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    Those DR Dunhills sure do seem to have an enthusiastic fanbase!

    This one is from a few weeks ago, also from the Secondhandsmoker. I can't recall seeing an unsmoked Comoy's Blue Riband, so I was surprised that $300 was all it took to win this auction. Bet he was hoping for more.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/COMOY-039-S-BLUE-RIBAND-13-PIPE-UNSMOKED-/383044177685?nma=true&si=8426mjIx3LA71Qu%252BJEYlDUxiU8w%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

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    Oh my...
    That is a beauty ssjones, I wish I could say that I picked up that Comoy, but I did not.
    Someone has a very nice piece to add to their collection, just lovely!

    Don

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    "...sold in 1966 has been smoked no more than a couple times in all the decades since then."

    Really...?

    That Comoy's Blue Riband, I don't know shape 13 well, but that stem makes me...uncomfortable...questioning...hmmm.

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    Really...?

    Yeah, to me that rim looked a little beat up for $840.

    Don

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    The answer is..... $841.... Wow! Not cheap at half the price. Is there something about it that the average pipe smoker might not know?

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    Yeah, to me that rim looked a little beat up for $840.

    Exactly Don, quite a bit of inner edge char for "a couple of times".

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    That Comoy's Blue Riband, I don't know shape 13 well, but that stem makes me...uncomfortable...questioning...hmmm.

    Terrible pictures not at all helpful either. He and Treasurepipes seem to be using the same photography... from a distance. My cell phone takes better close-ups than those included with the Blue Riband listing. Puzzling, or perhaps the strategy...

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
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    As someone from the design domain, I HATE people literally using OUTER GLOW on pipes to hide blemishes and imperfections. BTW that unsmoked Blue Riband, I stayed away, due to poor its photoshopping and also the shape isnt my cup of tea. I have a BR Zulu 88 for the same price, I got 4 year ago from Mike at BriarBlues.

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    Re the $800 Dunhill billiard above:

    Not cheap at half the price. Is there something about it that the average pipe smoker might not know?

    Anyone??

    As someone from the design domain, I HATE people literally using OUTER GLOW on pipes to hide blemishes and imperfections. BTW that unsmoked Blue Riband, I stayed away, due to poor its photoshopping and also the shape isnt my cup of tea.

    A good photographer doesn't need Photoshop to hide imperfections! It's all in the lighting and focus.

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  38. sablebrush52

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    Not cheap at half the price. Is there something about it that the average pipe smoker might not know?

    Anyone??

    Sure. It's a very high grade, from the very desirable 1958 to 1968 period, from a very expensive maker, a Dunhill DR 2** carved in 1966, and it appears to be in very clean condition. They don't show up very often.

    If you're a Dunhill collector, which is to say that hunting hard to find nomenclature is as important as the pipe itself, this is a high status piece, one that separates the men from the virgins. It's a white whale.

    The value is not in the pipe itself. It would be a $250 estate pipe with different stampings. The value is that it's a Dunhill 2** from 1966 and has the stamps to prove it. The value is in the stamps.

    The rest, like proclaiming how often it had been smoked, is just sales BS.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
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    Coat hanger wire plus a bit of paper & glue:

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    Dogs live such short lives... and spend most it waiting for us to come home
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  40. sablebrush52

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    Just think how much Dunhills would go for if they could be monetized as a tax dodge like high end "art".

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    Yup. 21st century money laundering at its finest.

    My favorite is becoming an "advisor" to some political/commercial enterprise for hundreds of millions of dollars.

    "I'll give a ten minute talk to your board lunch on the 15th, OK?"

    "Yup, that'll do it. Your fifty million for this quarter will be wired this afternoon."

    "Don't forget my daughters twenty million for agreeing to stand beside me during the talk."

    "Of course! We'll use the Aruba bank for that."

    Posted 2 weeks ago #

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