Compiling a List of Bekler's CAO Limited Editions

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jonasclark

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CAO got hold of Ismet Bekler circa 1977-1978, and especially in the first seven or eight years, Bekler was commissioned to carve limited edition pipes of the same subject. I thought it would be interesting to attempt to catalogue these. The ones I mean are marked, carved into the pipe itself in most cases, the title, "No. (number) of (edition number)," and a date, usually two digits but occasionally four. Say:
King Tut No. 28 of 100 '83
If anyone here has any of these, and they're not listed here, let me know.
Editions are of 100 pipes, except where noted

Pipes are head/face type, except where noted
1978 (all known are editions of 50)

-Confucius

-Genghiz (bearded man with headdress)

-Man of the Moon (face in crescent moon)

-Napoleon
1979

-Homage to Picasso (abstract, may not have the year correct on this one)

-King Tut (in full headdress)
1980

-King Tut (same as '79)
1981

-à la Rodin (abstract)

-Poodle

-Sea Captain

-Shakespeare

-Sitting Bull

-Tiki (standing tiki figure)

-Treasures of Tutankhamun AKA King Tut (same as '80)
1982

-à la Rodin (abstract)
1983

-Beethoven's Ninth

-Poodle

-The Moon & the Sun (double face)
1984

-Beethoven's Ninth (same as '83)

-Strauss & Brahmns (double face)
1985

-Beethoven's Ninth (same as '84)
1986

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1987

---Sherlock Holmes commemorative centennial series of five models 1887-1987, four

of which were by Bekler, all editions of 221:

-The Classic Sherlock Holmes (a catalog lists as The New Sherlock Holmes)

-The Elementary Watson (originally simply The Dr. Watson)

-The Hound of the Baskervilles

-The Mystery of Sher-Wat (relief carved, cameos of Holmes & Watson smoking pipes

on sides) CAO had a copyright on this title

The 5th pipe was The Case of the Chamois Calabash, a gourd calabash with a

fuzzy chamois (or occasionally thicker suede leather) jacket
1988

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1989

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1990

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2000

-Millennium Pipe - 200 (relief carved, with Green Man-type face)

 

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Here’s my Holmes & Watson set from CAO, signed by iBekler, but unnumbered. I bought them 40 to 50 years ago and they’ve never been smoked.

 

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Here’s my Holmes & Watson set from CAO, signed by iBekler, but unnumbered. I bought them 40 to 50 years ago and they’ve never been smoked.

 

jonasclark

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Thanks! It's not one of the limited editions I'm looking for, but it IS only the 2nd box-cased CAO bekler I've seen having a blank brass tag on the top (I had mine engraved with my name).

 

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Cool! I did post a picture of my other iBekler pipes in the unmarked CAO forum as well as an unsigned meerschaum that could be one of his pieces (I’m smoking it right now!)

It’s also the only meerschaum I’ve ever seen with a carved vented cap on it. You might like to take a look!

 
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