Fraudulent Comoy Blue Riband eBay listing

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zack24

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Knives, whiskey, fountain pens, beards, pipes, photography, gold bullion bricks, supermodel girlfriends, Ferrari supercars... they just seem to go together. :puffy:
Ditto on all the above...except the beard...

 

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I still have yet to add a Blue Riband to my collection. I prefer bents and those are a bit elusive. I ALMOST took a shot at this one, but ultimately forgot about the auction ending and missed it.
I questioned the roundness of the chamber, from the picture below. The seller claimed it bought it unsmoked and only used it lightly. He did offer returns, so I was going to take the chance, fell asleep at the wheel. I really thought it would go higher, so perhaps the other buyers felt the same with with the bowl issue. The grain on this one is really less than stellar.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Comoys-of-London-BLUE-RIBAND-bent-billiard-shape-215-briar-estate-pipe/332473240223?hash=item4d68f30a9f:g:HusAAOSwnDpaJaYY


 

beefeater33

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The Blue Riband that Comoy's NEVER made arrived today. Looks legit to me, the pipe has incredibly tight, "angel hair" grain in spots............ really beautiful viewed through a 10x loupe.

I snapped some quick shots on my way out the door to work today, sorry about the quality.............






I guess the lesson learned here is "Never say Never"...................... :puffy:

 

tslex

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The three-part "C" looks right in that first photo. At least to my admittedly amateur eye.

 

sablebrush52

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I'm glad to know that it isn't just Barling that output anomalous pipes. Some of their "straight grain" stamped pipes have almost no straight grain on them.

 

georged

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When humans are involved, mistakes will happen.
In this case a not-Blue-Riband-worthy bowl got tossed into the Blue Riband basket, was stamped by someone wasn't paying attention/was hung over/whatever, and shipped.
I'm sure that the historical company figures Neill spoke to were, indeed, 100% sure that no crossgrain BRs were ever authorized, and believed none were ever made because they were assured of it by those who worked for them. It's entirely possible that the line worker responsible for the break in policy didn't even realize it at the time for some reason.
Doesn't matter.
The cool part? That's now officially a truly rare pipe. Possibly unique. 8)

 

ashdigger

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Beef, your Photoshop skills are obviously better than the sellers. :nana:
Beautiful pipe btw. :clap:

 

warren

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Any word from "zulucollector"? I'm sure he'd find it stimulating.
Great looking pipe!

 

azpipe

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Neil, you have made a very bold statement by saying Bill Taylor counterfeited Dunhills. How do you know this? Bill was a friend of mine for 20 years, and I never knew him to be dishonest. He made Dunhills under contract for a brief period, but Dunhill cancelled the contract.

I would like to know the basis for your statement.
Not that I have an opinion either way, but I'm definitely curious to this as well

 

daveinlax

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Neil, you have made a very bold statement by saying Bill Taylor counterfeited Dunhills. How do you know this? Bill was a friend of mine for 20 years, and I never knew him to be dishonest. He made Dunhills under contract for a brief period, but Dunhill cancelled the contract.

I would like to know the basis for your statement.
This is why I never state anything as fact.
I'm guessing he's repeating what I've always heard about the Rochmond(Sp?)PCI collection. I heard he admitted it and that he did it with Frank Lincoln. 8O

 
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