eBay find - 1922 Sterling Domed Barling

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sablebrush52

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Hi Guys,
Thank you all for your very kind comments. I definitely got lucky with this one.
No way! I have an opportunity to purchase the exact same style Barling, shape, windcap and all. I was told the silver stamp dates it to the 1800s. Seeing yours is really making me consider committing to the purchase! Well done and congratulations!
This particular design was called "The Motor" and the design was registered in 1906, so 1800's isn't a possibility.
Quoting the Pre WW1 era Barling catalog that I own, "We make Silver Cover Pipes, suitable for Yachting, Shooting, and Motoring, in all our leading shapes."
The Motor was made in two types, a fixed position, like this one, and another where the dome could be rotated to allow for changes in wind direction.
Definitely a necessity for the English Lord wandering his vast estate, shooting grouse and the occasional poacher.
They are gorgeous to look at, but painful to keep clean. I have one other from 1909 that I bought years ago that I've smoked a few times and the heat discolors the silver in no time flat. I can't just have it taken to the servants hall for a cleaning because I don't have a servants' hall. And if you happen to smoke one with the screen closed, it can make for a hot smoke. So this is more of a collectible than a practical pipe. I don't plan to smoke it now that it's been brought back to a near mint condition.

 

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jguss

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It's always great to see exactly the right guy get exactly the right pipe. Congratulations!
Jesse, I know you've seen this already but I think it might interest the others. Here's the original elevation and plan schematic Barling submitted with the registration of its windcap design. The registration (design #458002, as you can see both on the schematic and on Jesse's pipe) was granted the week of June 1-7, 1905.


 

brian64

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That is such a great find and a very interesting specimen with that amazing looking dome. Congrats!

 

seldom

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What a beautiful pipe! Interesting to read that they are tough to keep clean. As an outdoor smoker a pipe with a built on cap would seem to be a good choice for me (as opposed to the snap on caps). Perhaps I'm wrong about this. Regardless this is an exceptional pipe and wonderful bit of history.

 

oldmansmoking

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Dear Sablebrush could I ask how much you paid for it? And was it on American EBay

It is lovely and you cleaned it up beautifully

Kind regards

George

 

ophiuchus

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Yep, that pipe made it to the right guy! Terrific cleanup job. Just beautiful ... :clap:

 

boffosquid

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Great Ebay sleuthing btw.
Congrats to you on winning the auction and what a lovely surprise to see it come up to such a wonderful condtion after a brief clean!

 
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