Fake BC?

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dcicero

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Hey all, I'm looking at an estate BC and I see marking on the stem, but its not clear if there are marking on the stummel. Im wondering, how rampant are fake pipe sales (this is from kansas), also did BC always mark the stummel?
 

captainsousie

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Honestly, it's likely the stamping was buffed off over time or just not clearly photographed. That happens quite often. It's also a distant possibility that stems were switched between pipes.

The other side is that it is unlikely that someone would intentionally try to fake a BC. There just isn't enough potential for profit to fake a pipe of such a low cost (notice I didn't say quality, I like my BC pipes).
 

dcicero

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Honestly, it's likely the stamping was buffed off over time or just not clearly photographed. That happens quite often. It's also a distant possibility that stems were switched between pipes.

The other side is that it is unlikely that someone would intentionally try to fake a BC. There just isn't enough potential for profit to fake a pipe of such a low cost (notice I didn't say quality, I like my BC pipes).
Thanks for this answer. I feel better about it now. I like my one (for the moment) BC too.
 
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captainsousie

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Thanks for this answer. I feel better about it now. I like my one (for the moment) BC too.
Happy to help. One other place to look is Etsy as there are a couple sellers who have some classic French pipes like BC for great prices. Many of them are unsmoked for estate prices too.
 
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Honestly, it's likely the stamping was buffed off over time or just not clearly photographed. That happens quite often. It's also a distant possibility that stems were switched between pipes.

The other side is that it is unlikely that someone would intentionally try to fake a BC. There just isn't enough potential for profit to fake a pipe of such a low cost (notice I didn't say quality, I like my BC pipes).
I agree with this synopsis.
 
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