Ashton Sovereign Addition/Restoration

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ssjones

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I'm a fan of XX size Taylor era pipes. This one restored nicely, full details are in the Reborn Pipes blog entry below. This one checked all of my boxes: Sovereign grade, XX size (43 grams!) and a tapered stem. Not too challenging to restore. Bill was on his A game when he made this one - its drilled perfectly and easily passes a cleaner (never a given with Taylor era pipes).


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Dave760

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Just fantastic work. Well done. And what a lovely pipe to add to your collection.

Regarding drilling on older Ashton pipes: I once saw a straight billiard on which he'd drilled a little high, and then halfway through the opposite side of the bowl. He had good days and bad days, I guess.
 
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bluegrassbrian

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Regarding the dating of this pipe, I thought that Ashton first appeared in 1983, not 1980 as noted in your article on rebornpipes.com. If so, then your pipe would date to 1995, correct?
Ashton began (as a pipe marque) in 1983.
A "12" stamp indicates 1992.

1983 pipes were stamped with a "3".