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STOLEN!: 1926 Barling Spigot

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  1. buroak

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    At last weekend's Greater Kansas City Pipe Club Pipe Show a 1926 Barling Spigot was stolen. This is an incredibly uncommon pipe, so if you happen to catch a glimpse of such a pipe, you are most likely looking at stolen property.

    The Pipedia Barling Page has images of a Barling with 1926 hallmarks. If I get permission, I will post an image of the pipe shape from Jesse Silver's Barling Catalog reproduction.

    https://pipedia.org/wiki/Barling

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    You have my permission. I think that I can do you one better. I have pictures of the actual stolen pipe from the original eBay sale at the beginning of 2016. What makes this particular Barling easy to identify is that it is one of the very few from the 1920's that actually has a model number stamped on it, and it's the only one like this that I have ever seen. Look at the second image and you can clearly see the model number stamped on the shank.

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    And here is the catalogue pipe with the tarnish removed. What a shame. Stolen off a table, from a room- anyone know? Who would do such a thing?

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    What a lovely pipe. I hope someone realizes their mistake and returns it.

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    Thanks gentlemen! Sable, I am so glad you saved the photos. The pipe was swiped right off a table.

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    Nothing worse than a fucking thief. NOTHING.

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    Sorry to hear the bad news. What a scumbag. Good luck on the recovery.

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    How low will some people go? That's horrible.

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    Nothing worse than a fucking thief. NOTHING.

    YES! ....

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    Didn't something similar happen last year or the year before? Or was that a different pipe show? I wonder what ever happened with that one. Regardless, I hope it turns out. There's also a chance it ended up in someone bag by mistake. Lots of pipes being moved around with a lot of people, it's possible it ended up somewhere it wasn't meant to.

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    Mr. Rosenthal, I hope you are right, but I fear those suspecting a scumbag are more likely correct

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    I hold child molesters as the devil's closest children, but thieves are high up on the list. Hope the pipe is returned.

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    This is how you have to think ok, how many barling collectors are there really? Who would really think this worth stealing other than a serious barling collector? Was it just stolen by an idiot because it's old? How many pipe collects even live in the greater Kansas city area and how big could the greater Kansas city area pipe show even be?

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    This is how you have to think ok, how many barling collectors are there really? Who would really think this worth stealing other than a serious barling collector? Was it just stolen by an idiot because it's old? How many pipe collects even live in the greater Kansas city area and how big could the greater Kansas city area pipe show even be?

    If someone is that smart to steal a very rare pipe, he would have thought in advance what you are thinking right now.

    Didn't something similar happen last year or the year before? Or was that a different pipe show? I wonder what ever happened with that one.

    Last year few pipes were stolen from a pipe show, but they were found. Someone put them to his bag by mistake if I am correct.

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    Looking at this pipe's pictures, I would like to steal it myself.... marvelous piece
    Or shoot the guy that stole it.

    We are a community, for god's sake. This is like stealing from the family.

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    I'm going to post this on a couple other forums to get the word out. You never know if this creep might try to sell it on the 'net.

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    Thank goodness Jesse is able to give everybody a heads-up on identification.

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    Thanks Mr. Jim!

    As for some of the other comments, whoever took it knew exactly what they were doing. There were bigger, flashier pipes all around the Barling.

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    Is this correct that the last several pipes that were reported stolen at shows were actually just misplaced?

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    Is this correct that the last several pipes that were reported stolen at shows were actually just misplaced?

    Are we talking about the same thing?

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    There is a past thread from maybe last year in which a pipe reportedly stolen at a pipe show, was recovered several days later. I don't remember any details.

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    OK, I remember that now. I read jvnshr's post too quickly, sans coffee.

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    Wow that sucks. It's funny I tend to hold pipe smokers to a higher standard and just expect them to not do this kind of thing.

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    Man that is an awful loss. I hope you get it back!

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    Sorry Buroak. I'll keep an eye out. And to the slimeball that stole it, anything you smoke in it will have the sour taste of your deed tainting it. If you're reading this, find a discreet way to return it to buroak and make things right.

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    From whom was the pipe stolen?

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    From whom was the pipe stolen?

    It was stolen from Buroak's table. He had brought it to the Greater Kansas City Pipe Show to sell. This really sucks and this is one time where I hope that Karma is a real bitch.

    You guys have pictures and you know what makes this pipe easy to identify. Please keep an eye out. I'll be hunting at the WCPS. If anyone gets a lead, let Buroak know.

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    Came to this thread thinking "stolen" was hyperbole and expecting to read about someone making an amazing eBay score on a vintage pipe.

    Sad to see to this.

    I imagine the thief sitting alone in his basement, lights dimmed, smoking the thing -- since he certainly cannot go out among decent people.

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    It was stolen from Buroak's table.

    I'm really sorry to hear this. It's a loss to Buroak both financially and spiritually. I don't know how someone can steal like this and actually enjoy smoking the pipe.

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    Dan, its super easy to enjoy smoking a pipe you stole....If you're and unrepentant piece of shit. I'm an unrepentant hater of anyone that steals.

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    I imagine the thief sitting alone in his basement, lights dimmed, smoking the thing -- since he certainly cannot go out among decent people.

    His parent's basement.

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    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/stolen-charatan-at-ny-pipe-show-3122016

    I posted this, or rather re-posted it from Dennis at the time. Hopefully the Barling incident will turn out as well as the Charatan one did.

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    May thieves rot. There aren't many feelings worse than having something stolen from you, so I'm really sorry to hear this news. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it shows up. In the meantime, pictures and information about this pipe must continue to be plastered everywhere throughout the pipe smoking community in hopes it is found. Kudos to those who have already posted on other sites in order to spread the word.

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    I've shared this post on the Standard Tobacco Co.'s FB page.

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    JimInks has been getting the word out to other forums and to the Facebook groups. I'll send out messages to online dealers. Perhaps some of them will already be aware of it. If it shows up on eBay I'll know about it and file a complaint. Any of you who belong to pipe clubs, please let your members know about the theft and this thread so that they can see the pipe.

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    It was once a point of pride in the pipe collecting community that NOTHING was EVER stolen at shows. Security was unnecessary.

    That lasted until the early 1990's.

    Usually pipe thieves are just greedy, amoral idiots who think stealing things in general is OK. What doesn't matter, only that it's worth a few dollars does. Your average Wal-Mart pants stuffer.

    When a particular piece that's UNREMARKABLE TO NON-COLLECTORS gets lifted from the middle of a crowded table, though, it means it was one of US who did it.

    There was once an Indiana Highway Patrolman (!) who answered a call at a collector's house, saw his stuff, and came back a week later to steal it all. Hundreds of top-grade Charatans. He got caught and did hard time---he didn't realize briar grain is as unique as fingerprints---but even he was just a greedy, amoral idiot. He wasn't evil.

    The creature who took buroak's Barling is evil. A lurking, false-fronted snake.

    There's a chance he's even reading this thread.

    If so, asshole, know that I'd spit in your face and gut you like a fish if I had the opportunity.

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    Absolutely This ^^^^

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    I posted about this at four forums and the three biggest Facebook pipe forums. Let's hope this weasel tries to sell it and get caught. I'd love see him get his real bad.

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    The highway patrolman was from North Carolina, was an active collector, and traveled to Indiana specifically to steal the Charatan's. I knew the victim well, had met the thief, and have read the trial transcript. An Atlanta shop owner more or less vouched for the thief and he disposed of some of the pipes in trades with collectors he met in the shop. He was caught because he sold some pipes to Fader's in Baltimore for cash. A collector, not from Baltimore, came into Fader's, recognized one of the victim's pipes and asked the owner where he got it The owner had never heard of the theft, but got law enforcement involved immediately. In those days, before the internet and several pipe shows a year, the thief might very well have gotten away with it. As it was, the case was not open and shut (as I recall there was only circumstantial evidence to place the thief in Indiana)) and was appealed before the thief ultimately did serve time. In those days before the internet and several pipe shows a year, the thief came very close to getting away with it. He was evil.

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    Why was the highway patrolman not evil? Sounds like an evil son of a bitch to me, and that was before I read he stole the pipes!

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    Why was the highway patrolman not evil?

    I originally thought so because (from my understanding) it was just a crime of opportunity. Stupid, greedy, selfish, and etc., but no manipulation or violated personal trust was involved.

    In the past few minutes I've done a bit of digging, though, only to discover those latter things were EXACTLY what the crime hinged upon.

    So, yes, the asshat was indeed evil. My bad.

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    Buroak, I'm sorry for your loss of this vintage briar. A few questions come to mind in regards to the theft. Do you remember what time and day you last saw the pipe and when you actually noticed it missing? This way we know what day and have a time window to be looking at when the theft actually occurred. Where the event was held and where your table was located in the particular venue, were there any sort of surveillance cameras located nearby and possibly pointed in the direction of the table? Was there anyone in or around the area of this "time window" that you can remember who may have been using a handheld video camera, using a cell phone to record video, or someone shooting digital photographs? I mention video surveillance because companies that use these features generally have a storage capacity that will last for up to 30 days before the images are destroyed and the re-recorded process begins anew. I'm simply throwing this out there for another avenue to identify the scumbag. This may not be to some, a major bank heist, but it is a theft of an object with value that is approximately over 90 years of age. This really pi**** me off, and I hope the thief gets exactly what he or she deserves...

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    Last year few pipes were stolen from a pipe show, but they were found. Someone put them to his bag by mistake if I am correct.
    Ok. I remember that story now. Thanks. I still hope a similar incident happened this time, and that the pipe will be returned no harm no foul. After getting more of the story, though, it seems more unlikely.

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    How many people attended the show? How many serious Barling collectors in the US that aren't part of the online pipe smoking community?

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    Unfortunately, a lot of the big dollar collectors aren't in forums, etc. (Rich Esserman, a couple of heavy hitters from the Philly & NYC clubs, etc.)

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    Thanks again for all of the kind thoughts, sympathy, and help. A happy ending to this story is unlikely, but you folks keep me hoping. The highway patrolman story tells me justice is not impossible here.

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    Markinca53, the pipe was stolen Saturday before early afternoon. I don’t recall anyone taking videos or photos with a phone that day. I’m not sure whether the casino has cameras in the banquet hall we used.

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    Lou C (NYC Pipe Club) shared this to their Facebook page, I then forwarded it to the Pipes & Tobacco page as well. I'm hoping for a good outcome!

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    It's hard to believe a casino doesn't have just about every inch of its public spaces, including gambling/dining/meeting venues, covered with security cameras. Getting access to the "tapes" is another matter. I would guess a police report is the beginning of the process, but don't really know.

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    Al: you made a good point about major collectors not being on forums. Hopefully, those of us who know such people and have their contact info, will contact them with a link to this thread.

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    Thanks Al!

    Mr. Guss, I will check about the cameras. I also plan to file a report, but that must be done in person.

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    It might help to have one of the show organizers give you their contact's info at the casino. Finding someone who already knows the event and is presumably sympathetic has got to be better than going in cold. They might confirm whether security cameras cover the venue, and if so what it takes to access the footage.

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    "There's a chance he's even reading this thread."

    I'd like to believe that the low life who filched the pipe isn't a member of this forum.

    Whoever he (or she) was, I should imagine they would have great difficulty in moving it on and if of course they try to then there is a high chance of them being found out and the pipe being returned to its rightful owner.

    Good luck Buroak...

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    Rotten apples eaten up by greed are, unfortunately, everywhere.

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    I spoke with Quinton Wells, the KC club president earlier today about this situation, and he followed it up with an email. (He's presently traveling)

    He asked me to cut and paste this paragraph:

    The Kansas City Pipe Club would like to extend its thanks to the many individuals and other pipe clubs around the country who are assisting in the attempted recovery of Adam Brown's Barling. While theft is one of the most disgusting of human behaviors, their coming together to help each other when unfortunate things happen is one of the most inspiring. Again, thank you all. -- QRW

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    I spoke with Quinton Wells, the KC club president earlier today about this situation, and he followed it up with an email. (He's presently traveling)

    George, did you discuss contacting the casino regarding security footage?

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    Yes.

    Info on that sort of thing was presented to the club reps during the Argosy's "sales pitch" back when the site was selected, and Q remembers being astonished by the thoroughness of the video coverage on the casino floor. (Don't try to cheat a casino in the 21st century! ) The rest of the property is just normal, though. Long shot hallway views, elevators, parking lots, etc. No banquet room cameras that he can recall.

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    Let's hope this weasel tries to sell it and get caught.

    Now Jim, lets go easy on the terminology there buddy. You will hurt my feelings!

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    There are weasels and there are Weezells. You're the good weezell.

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    Sounds like a Beatles lyric, " I am the weezell,kookookachoo"...

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    The '69 pipe on Ebay didn't break $100, what's was wrong there?

    Ignorance. Once a certain writer on matters to do with pipes wrote that all things Barling had turned to shit after Imperial took over, the value of all things Barling under Imperial took a dive at the hands of his unquestioning acolytes. The truth is more complicated. Suffice it to say, that pipe could be the best smoker the buyer every finds, or it could be very average. Quality became uneven, but excellent pipes continued to be made after Imperial took over.

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    Hope they find the culprit, thats a shame...

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    Oh my, maybe I should reconsider my avoidance of eBay.....

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    Bump! I'm going to bump this one for a while, just in case someone spots this pipe.

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  69. briarblues

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    Jesse;

    Posted it on the Briar Blues website and on Facebook. One of my clients ( that was at the show ) said he thought it had been found. Any confirmation?

    Regards
    Michael J. Glukler

    Posted 1 year ago #
  70. sablebrush52

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    Hi Michael,

    I haven't heard anything about it being found. I'll shoot Adam (the owner of the stolen pipe) an email to see if he has an update.

    Jesse

    Posted 1 year ago #

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