A 1906 Cased Barling Bent Billiard with Army Mount

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OzPiper

Lifer
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I have a BBB in a near identical shape, no case though.

Such flow

I saw that ad too late. Good for you. 😜
Thanks, Tim

I couldn't believe when I saw it listed by @paulfg.

I do think that this will be my last Barling. Unless there is one that absolutely call out to me.
I now have 2x 7-day rotations of Barlings.
But as I only smoke on weekends, it is probably more accurate to call them 7x 2-day rotations rotf
 

paulfg

Lifer
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I was reluctant to let this one go but I have decided to drastically reduce my pipe numbers as they dont get smoked enough and as I have a couple of commissions on the way
go it did

Enjoy it in good health Ray
 
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OzPiper

Lifer
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It's painful to realize that at one time you could just walk into a shop and buy something like that at any time, innit?
I do wonder how affordable Barlings were, back in the days.
It's the silver mounts, and the cases and general presentation that I find impressive.

Do current day new pipes still come in cases, other than meerschaums ?
Unfortunately that's lost skills. 😕

Just the other day someone posted a query about a replacement spigot. It's somewhat disappointing that it is difficult to find artisans that can do this readily.

And George, when you decide to retire your tools, will there be someone with your skills to take over ?
 

jguss

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Do current day new pipes still come in cases, other than meerschaums ?
Unfortunately that's lost skills. 😕

A lost skill indeed, but In fairness to modern artisans cases were always a speciality requiring scale to be produced. The larger pipe factories had entire departments dedicated to their production (photos of these in operation survive for several of the more famous brands) while smaller makers relied on a handful of individuals who focused on the manufacture of cases for the trade. Here is the city directory listing of London-based suppliers in 1902:

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And of course economies of scale, both for individual players and the industry writ large, are not the only consideration. Like so many things (bling on pipes, for example) prevalence of cases declined as tastes swung from one direction to another.
 

georged

Lifer
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And George, when you decide to retire your tools, will there be someone with your skills to take over ?

It was all arranged, actually. Anthony Cook was the guy.

Sadly, no one has ever been able to learn what became of him.

The last message I received was "The roof just fell in" and he went dark.

That was almost two years ago... :(
 
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sablebrush52

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Another sterling addition to your collection! Mine pales in comparison. This pipe looks very similar to the bent billiard in my 1907 cased companion set.

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