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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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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


    Posted 2 weeks ago #
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    Oh, lordy no. I would never buy any pipe with a burn mark on it anywhere at any price.

    Posted 2 weeks 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.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
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