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  1. ssjones

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    Somehow, a show-off thread for the Rolls-Royce of British Pipes, Charatan was missing.

    I'll kick it off with my lone Charatan, a 109 Special.

    Al

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    Can anybody offer a review of the pipes that Charatan currently makes, especially the higher grades?

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    A seller at Richmond last year (Chance @ Treasurepipes?) had a number of new Charatans. They were quite large but the workmanship looked terrific. I tried to strike a deal on a trade for a Castello G Bulldog, but we didn't work it out. (In hindsight, it would have been too large for me, as was the G-sized Castello)

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    Here's my Charatan Special Group 4. As I get deeper into the collection to sell some of it away, I fear this is one that I might have some trouble letting go of (along with the Upshalls)! My lone Charatan, as well, though I'm not sure why...?

    That's a terrific bulldog, Al.

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    Here is mine, a Charatan Special 211 acquired with 2 FH(Selected and Supreme) which I sold. Very early piece, before the DC stem. After the DC stem, any taper stems were marked with an X, so a later piece would be marked 211X.

    Here are the two FHs I restored, before pics. Part of me wishes I still had them...particularly the Selected Brandy. Never seen these two shapes again. From my first estate score, I got broke in HARD!


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    My most recent Charatan purchase: A Special S FH, showing some great straight grain. I believe it's probably from just before the Lane era as the "bite" is quite thick and not DC. The vulcanite is very soft and comfortable though, as you'd expect of a Charatan. This is a restoration project and I'm looking forward to working on it and adding some more pictures when it's finished.

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    Here is my little group of Charatan's. From Supreme to Executive to Selected and finally to the lowly Belvedere. And you know which one is the best smoker? Although they all smoke just fine, the little Belvedere is the best of the group.

    Supreme

    Selected

    Selected

    Selected

    Executive

    Belvedere

    All Six Charatans

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    Charatan was one of the marques hit pretty hard by my sharpening my focus on Loewe and Dunhill. I have three left. They make really outstanding Latakia pipes, so I'll probably hang on to these three for that rare occasion when I crave Latakia.



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    This thread filled out fast!

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    Here's my Extra. Frankly, it's a horrible pipe. Smokes hot regardless of blend or when I'm sipping. the walls of the bowl are thin considering the size. The nadir of the marque.

     photo Charatan1.jpg

     photo Charatan2.jpg

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    I have seven Charatans, all wonderful smokers. Shame on Dunhill for buying the brand and closing it down. These were great pipes that should still be available to the pipe smoking public. Let me see if I can get photos of all seven of them in here without making this post too picture heavy.

    Herewith the first, a Belvedere Apple:

    Then this 1/4 bent Belvedere acorn, acquired cheaply because it was rejected at the last minute because the bore was slightly off. Still smokes like a Charatan, though.

    This Belvedere bent pot has been a good friend for over thirty years:

    I'm going to close this posting down, so it doesn't become overloaded with images, and then put some more pipes in my next posting.

    Eric
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    And now for some more Charatans – you can never have too many.

    Notice the grain on this lovely Lane Era Executive shape number 84, the Barrel Bowl Poker, aka "The Ton," a reference to its size. It's good for a two hour smoke, and is so perfectly engineered, that it burns clean down to the bottom, leaving only a repository of fine gray ash. Fred Hanna, eat your heart out!

    This sandblast Skater is stamped DC, indicating that it was manufactured after downhill took over the company. See my comments elsewhere on this subject. Still a fine pipe, and that may have been what gave Dunhill such agita.

    I bought this lovely Lane Era Special, known as The Burlington, shape 372 in 1972, while I was in graduate school. It is particularly fond of the late lamented Balkan Sobranie, and misses it terribly. I dropped it and broke the stem some years ago, so you can see the replacement acrylic stem that was put on. Notice, however, the beautiful Birdseye.

    This is the last of my collection, a large bowled Dublin that is very fond of cube cuts.

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    bump.
    Al started this thread. Are there so few Charatan's in the club? Surely we have some members who can display their pipes.

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    @ cakeanddottle - That second pipe, the long shanked Dublin is GORGEOUS. What are the dimensions on that? Very, very nice looking pipe.

    Great collections guys. Sadly, I have no Charatans, but I am well aware of their quality. The owner of my B&M back home is a Charatan nut. He has probably one of the biggest collections I have ever seen. I would guess... off the top of my head over 200. Many un-smoked and in pristine condition.

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    Mine are definitely not in pristine condition--I've smoked them, some of them for over 40 years, and loved every minute of it!

    BTW, check out Fred Hanna's collection--truly magnificent.

    Now where is this B&M you mentioned--and does it have a back door?

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    Now where is this B&M you mentioned--and does it have a back door?

    Ha, ha. It does have a back door, but actually he keeps most of his Charatan collection at home.

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    At any rate, where is the business located? We don't have a decent B&M in Connecticut, and I"m always pleased to visit one on my travels and make purchases there.

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    @ cakeanddottle - That second pipe, the long shanked Dublin is GORGEOUS. What are the dimensions on that? Very, very nice looking pipe.

    It's the largest pipe on my rack. It's about 6.5" long and the diameter of the bore is 1 1/8". Under normal circumstances that would place the pipe in ridiculous territory for me, but the grain, the long oval shank, and the superior way it dispatches Balkans make it one I can't part with. Plus, it came to me unsmoked, so I've had it since the first match.

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    @ cakeanddottle - Very nice man. It is a great looker.

    @ ravkesef - It's in West Seneca, just outside of Buffalo, NY. It's called Smokers Haven of the Southtowns. Great shop, great people. Was my regular Saturday haunt when I was still in Buffalo.

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    Came to this thread late, but hopefully this will bump some more interest. I only have 3 Charatans - one 1/8 bent Belvedere 260DC, a 1/8 bent Perfection 1160DC, and this beautiful Extra Large Freehand Relief dublin which is just superb. It can turn even the most run-of-the-mill Balkan into a delight. I'm currently enjoying GLP Cairo - which isn't at all unpleasant! - in this pipe, very kindly gifted to me by Tim (rsuninv):

    Andy

    "I don’t know how else to say it: you don’t see bums smoking pipes." Charlie Kramer
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    With all the recent Charatan threads I dug mine out of the sock drawer..........
    Top to bottom:
    Perfection- 2654DC- 36 grams
    Perfection- 3- 43 grams
    Distinction(unsmoked)-(no shape #)- 30 grams
    Executive-(no shape #)- 55 grams
    Special- 483DC- 43 grams
    Executive(unsmoked)-(no shape #) 56 grams

    Same pipes, (numbers 4 & 5 switched):

    "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream..."
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    Posted 2 years ago #
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    I never posted my Countryman.

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    @beefeater33 Very impressive collection.
    @Al Very nice indeed.
    I've gotten atleast 1 of most pipes I like. guess I'll start looking for one of these. Damn Thanks guys.

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    My only Charatan pipe

    Reg # on the stem, "MADE BY HAND" stamp on the right side, absence of the Lane "L" and Charatans Make London England on 2 lines make me believe this was made 1958-65

    Nowhere in the world will such a brotherly feeling of confidence be experienced as amongst those who sit together smoking their pipes
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    Rub it in pagan.

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    guess I'll start looking for one of these. Damn Thanks guys
    Your welcome Scrooge!.........

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    Man, these are gorgeous. I hope to add a Charatan to my collection one day.

    I totally jinxed myself. About a month ago I was talking on here about how I was lucky that I only had TAD and not PAD - well, that's changed.

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    Well, I only have one Charatan, but that's only because I've yet to find another that I like as much. I've also posted it in the British Pipes section. And a few of the members hear probably already recognize me, even though I'm new here....LOL...not sure if that's a good thing.

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    BTW....sorry, it's a Lane-era Executive.

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    Dam dog that a nice sitter, hahhaha see what I did there, dog, sit, hahaha....jeeez tough crowd

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    No discussion of Charatans would be complete without mentioning their um.. unpredictable grading standard.

    This pipe didn't make the cut:

    (Also, please ignore the drab, dull, and greenish cast of the photos. The host I'm using has issues in that regard. The pipe's actual color is the lovely, deep, iron oxide cinnamon-red that we all know and love.)



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    Guess I don't have to buy one. Found this one amongst my wall of pipes. Getting old I guess.
    Charatan Knightsbridge 3102


    Posted 2 years ago #
  34. odobenus

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    Just got my first Charatan: a 2615X (saddle stem) Belvedere. I think it's '61-'77 because the C penetrates the P, and maybe even '61-'65, 1st Lane era (3rd era altogether), because it says LONDON ENGLAND, not City of London. I hope Ken Barnes will correct me if I'm all wrong. It's super light. Thought I might hate the 'post office red' top coat but I don't. Maybe time has mellowed the color. Haven't smoked it yet.

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  35. civilwar

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    Beautiful Pipes, Charatan's are some of my favorite pipes.

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    Well I had no intentions or thoughts of collecting Charatans, blissfully seeking out Linkman's era Dr. Grabows was enough for me. Admiring these beauties on the forum was entertaining, a look at some rare and unobtainable, to me, vintage British pipes was all I expected. Fast forward to Ashdigger ( alias Enabler) posting some pipes for sale. I never look at these sale threads but the urge to have a look was not to be ignored. As result of Tim's very generous nature I am now a collector of sorts. These arrived this morning and I'm overwhelmed, ecstatic and overjoyed. I can't thank you enough Tim

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    I'm stoked they survived going north. Enjoy!!!

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    I've got some 3P's rubbed out and drying

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    My two:

    A small Belvedere square panel (pot?), I love foursquares

    And this stacked dublin. The stem is a mystery, it has no markings...I suspect it is a replacement, but if so it is a very well made one.

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    The stem is a mystery, it has no markings...I suspect it is a replacement, but if so it is a very well made one.

    Can you post a pic of the opening / button? Very nice pipes by the way

    From another thread;

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    Thank you!
    Here are the pictures.

    Stamping on the pipe is
    Charatan's Make
    London England 7

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    One more view, didn't make it in time to edit the previous one

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    Great pics, perhaps one of the members with a better knowledge of these can chime in on the stem

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    added this Distinction grade to my collection,stamped "made in the city of london" in script so I think 1965-79 era

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    Just got a new (to me) 381DC Lane-era back from Mike Myers at Walker Pipe Repair. He does great work. Here are some before and after pics. Smokes great too.
    Before:



    After:

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    Very nice, great results too

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