For Anyone Who Might Have an Extra $3000 of PAD Money Around...

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davidk

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Unsmoked-RMP-United-States-Meerschaum-Bulldog-Bent-bulldog-Pipe-Vintage-1890s/182758964740?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649
I have nothing to do with this listing-- just came across it and thought others here might like to see it. What a beautiful set.
Edited by jvnshr: Title capitalization (please check Rule #9)

 

warren

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Nice looking. Could I actually heft them and check the fit and finish . . . oh well! (heavy sigh) Actually, they are gorgeous in the pictures. On the small side but, nicely executed.

 

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Oh my. 14 carat accents, amber stems, and unsmoked. If I hadn't already destroyed my pipe and tobacco budget for the year, I would probably grab those!

 

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14 karat gold plated accents and a stem tat was taped on because it's loose. Not to mention that one of the bowls is smoked. If the seller took $2600 off the price he might sell it.

 

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The silver work is atrocious. Not interested even at the reduced price Jesse suggests. OTOH, I could see a collector interested as period pieces or Americana.

 

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At the same time, this one is even more overpriced- unless it has value as a unique. Seller says unsmoked. Did Dunhill coat their bowls?
@$4500.-- (!)


 

warren

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After reading the observations of my betters I will rethink my position. This why I never even look at pipes online. And, I was a trained observer in my youth. Damn! I miss my youth.

 

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At the same time, this one is even more overpriced- unless it has value as a unique. Seller says unsmoked. Did Dunhill coat their bowls?
I quite often see pipes on Ebay listed as "unsmoked" when clearly they have been.

 

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I quite often see pipes on Ebay listed as "unsmoked" when clearly they have been.
Well ... at these prices I would be very upset with the seller, if that is actually true.

 

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My last yacht was a 12" tin skiff used to navigate floodwaters. It didn't seem right to smoke the Royal Yacht on it, so I went with Prince Albert.

 

mso489

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ebay is a good sales platform for this set. You can see the pretty parts and not the ugly parts. If I had that pipe budget, I'd buy in person. Or a tenth of that price point. I'm intrigued to hear a negative review on the silver work from a pro. It looked quite dandy to me, so I'll look again. Auctions live on impulse buying; that's the profit.

 

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AIP Meerschaum Working Group's catalog of the world's meerschaum pipe carvers (excluding Turkey) c. 1800–1925 does not list a carver using the name RMP or United States Meerschaum. One of these pipes was definitely smoked and incompletely cleaned; it is not new. The case and lining are too new looking to be circa 1890 even if it had been locked in a vault for 127 years. Seller provided no provenance, in particular, how he knows the pipe set's age. The only pipe seller I could locate is R. M. Perkins who began smoking cigarettes in 2006 and deals only in briar pipes. This one smells fishy; caveat emptor (buyer beware).

 

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Thank heavens I don't find those meers attractive at all. Whew! Otherwise, $3000 would have flown out of my wallet!
And check this out- $4K for a bunch of stems or cigar holders.


 

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It's not expensive enough for my taste. I only buy pipes at $3000.00 and above

Cheapskate!

I will not even look at anything under $10,000

Seriously though, I've always wanted one with an amber stem...just not those

 

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The pipe set was made by the Robert M Prophet Pipe Company (hence"RMP"), which was the "exclusive manufacturer of United States Meerschaum Pipes" per a snippet in the March 27, 1915 issue of Tobacco. The founder, Robert Mathias Prophet, was an active (presumably apprentice) meerschaum carver as early as the 1880 census, when he was 15 years old. Born in NY, Prophet was in the Boston area by 1894 and remained there through 1897 working at Ehrlich's shop on Court Street. In 1898 he moved to NY/NJ, where he worked for one of the many manufacturers located in the area. By 1910 Prophet was listed as a pipe manufacturer, and presumably in business for himself. His son Robert M Prophet junior was intermittently involved in his father's business, but from the twenties on was more active in the emerging opportunities as a dealer in automobiles. Robert senior was still associated with smokers articles as late as 1926. Along the way he found time, in 1920, to apply for and receive a patent which described an improved method of attaching removable bowls using a push instead of the usual screw; the patent was assigned to Reiss-Premier.
Given the above, as well as the materials used, my guess would be the pipes listed on eBay date from the teens.

 
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