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    Here is my flock of Falcons:

    I have an Early Production just marked FALCON, no other marks - a Mid-1960's FD8 - an early 1970's AN1 - the slightly bent is an OXFORD FD B7 Bantam from 1963 and the 1968 Shillelagh with the original orange bowl.

    The Shillelagh and the slightly bent pipes were purchased for my wife. I'm thinking about selling the Early Production Falcon and getting a new one. PM me if you are interested.

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    I only have the one for now. How do decipher the numbers on the back? I think mine has a "6".

    Jason
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    Thanks plateauguy ill link this to the Show Off Hub.


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    I`ve been looking at falcons and reading reviews on them. I think I might have to try one out even if just for a hunting pipe.

    "Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong." - Corinthians 16:13
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    I also only have 1, a Shillelagh (don't know the year, any info on Falcon dating?) with a black stem and black bowl (don't know which model..) and a spare other bowl.

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    Here is the info I've gathered:

    Falcons started in the USA with a simple mark of Falcon 1 or 2 or 3, etc. They were exported to England 1955-1957 under the names of ALCO and Rollit (marked PP). There have been several manufacturers.

    ALCO was manufactured in England starting in 1964 with a different bowl size.

    F2 thru F8 were made by Fry Diecast
    P4 is Presbar Die 4

    The "Made in England" marking started in the early 60's. FD plus a number is Fry Diecast - the number range is FD1 - FD19. The Bantams were marked as FD B5 or FD B7 OXFORD can be marked on the Humidome, but not always.

    The Shillelagh started production inb May 1966 with FD8 marking. They came in solid black with a black stem, or a bright with a white stem, or a bright with a light blue center with a white stem. You could buy a colored bowl or a traditional briar.

    Federal Die Casting is marked FDF/FDG/FDH.

    Andoic is marked AN plus a die number
    AN2 - 1974
    AN3 - 1982

    Irish Falcons are confusing - mostly marked Falcon Ireland but could be marked Falcon Great Britian which had Irish stems and an English made frame.

    From 1975 to 1981 there was a Falcon Head imprinted on the stem.

    Hope this helps, if any of the info isn't correct, please let me know.

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    Sorry, mine is marked "s" near the bit and "7" in the humidome. ???

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    Falcon with Hunter Bowl

    Bantam with Bantam size bowl

    Falcon

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    I love my falcon. Want to get extra bowl or two soon. Wish someone made bigger bowls for it. I like a long smoke. I think falcons smoke better than kirstens, just me .02 worth. Both great. Very impressed with the smoking qualities of the falcon.

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    Anyone know of a Canadian dealer for Falcons?

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    4noggins and Pipes&Cigars carry Falcons - but I don't think P&C ship to Canada. You might look into a UK dealer also.

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    Great Meerschaum bowl on bent falcon. My favourite smoker, even if I don't use it often. I love my falcons

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    bump,
    Bring em out boys

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    Where do you get the Meer bowls for them?

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    I really enjoy my Falcons. I've got a small set, with a half dozen bowls. I just like their engineering, and styling. Plus they make a great change of pace from my regular briars. The simplicity of the design and the ease of cleaning are its major attractions for me.

    The pipe eases you into the present moment - savor your pipe & you'll savor this moment.
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    that's my herd, one is a Kaywoodie

    The Old Cajun
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    My one and only Falcon, a bent International with a meer-lined Snifter bowl...

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    I only have the one Falcon but I'm excited to add some Meer bowls to it soon and I'll probably add a Shillelagh too is I can find one.

    I know the number is related to when the mold was first used so I assume my #1 U.S. Falcon is probably pretty old but is there any information on when molds stopped in use so I know this could be from the 1930s but what age range could it be ?

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    has anyone got any information on the production codes stamped on the bottoms?

    Meer Bowls : check out this thread : Pipesmag Falcon Meer bowls

    I just love my falcons, great smokers all.

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    A couple of days ago I added this one to my flock. I probably will never smoke it, since it's unused, but you never know. Got it from Kathy Worth - really nice lady to do business with.

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    Here's what I'm smoking tonight. It's a Falcon Shillielagh fitted with a vintage "magnum" bowl from the 60s that I got from Kathy Worth's grandfathers warehouse stock. No O rings on this puppy, which means hand tightening is all.

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    Ok, nothing really new here other than the rough one was my grandfather's who died back in 1992. the smooth came in a batch of pipes from eBay. Now they're all cleaned up ready to go into the rotation.

    The pipe is an instrument of civilization.
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    My one and only.

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    My humble collection of Falcons that give me mornings and evenings of joy

    “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.” - Albert Einstein
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    Those are sweet pipes ahmadothman. What kind of bit is on the bent one?

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    It is a dental bit.. Quite comfy to hold it in your mouth and let it hanging

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    . A few I have, more in back of pipe chest, about 8 in all.

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    An International with cob bowl, a Shillelagh in the white with white stem and Meerschaum bowl and a black Shillelagh with black stem and Sea Rose carved briar bowl.
    banjo

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    I want a cob bowl. Mind if I ask where you got that, Banjo?

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    foolwiththefez,
    Doug G. Erwin sells them on his website http://www.dgehandmadepipes.com/store
    banjo

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    Beautiful. Thank you, banjo.

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    Brad, where did you get the turquoise bowl, reminds me of the Keys.

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    Got it from Falcon Mans Grandaughter on EBay, that reddish orange is a Kaywoodie.

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    Most of these are from ssjones.


    I also have a couple Dr Grabows an a couple Yello-Boles the same styles.

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    Love those Falcons. The only brand I know of that started in the U.S. and moved to England. Especially favor the helical stems, ooh-la-la. I've evaded Falcons because about a third of my briar(etc.) stable is made up of medium size work horse pipes that serve something like the same purpose ... and my not wanting to dive into a whole new PAD category. Same reason I don't venture into Meerschaums. But Falcons are snappy little pipes, and many enjoy them greatly. I think the possibility of doing each bowl custom to its owner is a real plus.

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    A post 77 Falcon. The stem is removable

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    PM me if interested in buying all 9 pipes.

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    So, I had a trip to my B&M here and luckily found some falcon bowls. which is a rare thing in Egypt.. and after a long hesitation between the bulldog and the Algiers, I picked up The Algiers smooth with two grooves on it, which is super cool.. I am not sure it is a genuine Falcon, though it has the name Falcon, number 78 & a logo that's not so much the Falcon logo, but it's kinda more generic bird.. However, it is high quality, fit right in and smokes great. Keeping it for my English blends

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    i have 3 frames marked ANA, ANB and ANC, what does the AN represent? does any one know

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    im looking for a copy of this book

    "Back from the ashes, uncovering the lost history of G.L. Hunt and the falcon pipe"

    if anyone has one they would part with. only available on kindle on amazon but i'm wanting a paper copy if i can get one.

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    Something about those pipes, just can’t wrap my head around them. Perhaps in time ?

    Keep calm...smoke a pipe.
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    Couple of unusual combos. The exquisitely grained bowl is from Hobo Pipes in Australia.

    Viewing with alarm since 1948.
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    Not a very good picture, but I happen to have it in my album, so what the heck ...


    This is one of three. The others are pretty much the same, one with an apple bowl and one with a billiard.

    I moved some time ago, packed up all my pipes. I kept three out for the transition; a Bjarne Viking, a Grabow, and the Falcon with the apple bowl. Falcons are very forgiving pipes.

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    that meerschaum and black stem falcon looks sweet, thats a new bench mark for me and falcon pipes i really want one of those.

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    I had a straight Falcon at one time, but I wasn't fond of it for some reason. A couple of months ago I came across this bent Falcon that I like much better, even the bowl is better that the last one.

    The pipe smoker formerly know as agnostic pipe
    "Fried food, hard liquor, and tobacco, that's the holy trinity!"- Stacy Keach
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    if you want a good polish for the bare alloy frames look in car parts shops for AUTOSOL in a silver tube, its the alloy specific one and is the best one it has a wax in it so you dont get finger prints at all. and the shine is second to none especially if applied with a cotton buff in a drill press or mounted hand drill.

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    Irrelevant digression, but who remembers the Ford Falcon, 1960 to 1970 in the U.S., Ford's little econo-car. I think the legend is that the platform was also used in a much sportier way for the earliest Mustang in 1964. My family had a Mercury Comet at one point, about 1964, which was the Mercury version of the Falcon. Sorry about that, but the Falcon headline kept bringing that back.

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    The first Mustang really was just a Falcon with different sheet metal. The underpinnings were virtually identical. They diverged rapidly after that.

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    I have six Falcons, all from eBay. This is my favorite. A full bent with a partly rusticated Tulip bowl. It smokes very cool!.

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    I'm a newbie to pipe smoking and currently have three pipes, my favourite being my Falcon AN7. However, whilst looking for more Falcons to add to my collection (I'm after a straight stem Falcon and a Meerschaum bowl) I noticed that I couldn't see a bowl similar to the one I have. Has anyone seen something similar or can you tell me what this type of bowl is called?

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    tulsagentleman the bowl in your pic is called a "snifter" i think

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