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jguss

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Let's be tactful and say that fact came from the same place my wife says most of my other facts do

 

mso489

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A stack or a chimney? I think it is kind of in a class by itself, an other-worldly billiard. You just don't see a pipe with a shank and stem that thin that last more than a week or that draw worth a damn, which I can sense this one does. This is what the Bing pipes dream about being. That's quite an astonishing finish for such a lithe pipe too. Altogether a vision. I'll bid $60. I'm ashamed of myself. Only peck can say that stuff.

 

sablebrush52

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Hi George,
That's an awesome Barling. It's post WW2. Check the underside of the stem, near where it meets the shank. if if says Barling Design then it's 1950 - 1962, and probably 1950 - 1956. If there's a REG'd number, then it's 1947 - 1950.

 

georged

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Jesse, the base of the stem has the following faint but crisp stamp:
Made for Jesse the Bard by BB&sons TVF Forever!
Just what the brand needs... another mystery. Now we've got time travel to explain. 8O

 

sablebrush52

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It is gorgeous. Reminds me of some of those works of art Scottie Piersel makes.
It does resemble one of Scottie's pipes!
Did Barling give a name to that shape?
It looks like a Billiard curvet with a pencil shank. Unfortunately, by 1962 this shape was no longer in the line up so I don't have a reference for this model number.
That blast resembles a Shell Briar. Is that by method or density of a given block?
No way to know, other than it's a great sandblast. Even with the amount of wear, such that the red under stain has become fairly prominent (new these were black with the red under stain coming through as the pipe aged and the black top stain wore down) the blast remains nice and craggy.
The early Barling blasts were very deep and craggy. Here's a WW II era example:



 

bent1

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Elegant is the word that comes to mind. Funny, I too thought of Scottie Peirsall’s pipes when I saw this thread.

 
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