Interesting Pipe Rack, But Who Made It?

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agnosticpipe

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One of my granddaughters husband found this pipe rack at a yard sale in N. CA a few months ago and he just sent it to me a few days ago. Looks like solid oak and just needed a little clean up, and while doing so I noticed a stamping on the lower back. I see a crown, Made In England, and in-between them another word that looks like it says Series. It's really hard to read, so I tried to take the best pics I could. I thought maybe someone here might have one similar or an idea of what it says. Maybe it's the makers name, but who knows.

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Looks like it can fit some larger pipes too, nice!
Unfortunately, the pipes that will fit in this have to be rather small. The holes that the stem passes through is rather small, so wider bits will not go. Tall bowls will not fit in the bottom either, and most bent pipes are out too. Must have been made when most pipes were smaller than todays. :confused:
I did find some pipes that fit nicely though.
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A lot of older racks are small by today's standards which can be a challenge. I find that Falcons tend to fit fine which is kind of ironic that my oldest racks hold my weirdest looking pipes.
 
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Unfortunately, the pipes that will fit in this have to be rather small. The holes that the stem passes through is rather small, so wider bits will not go. Tall bowls will not fit in the bottom either, and most bent pipes are out too. Must have been made when most pipes were smaller than todays. :confused:
I did find some pipes that fit nicely though.
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I have a pipe rack which I believe was likely constructed about 100 years ago based upon the craftsmanship style and types of nails used. I've seen others like it, so it could be more recent, and I could be way off. In any event, it also only holds small to medium sized (at the absolute maximum) pipes. I favor smaller to medium sized pipes anyway, so it works for me. It's my understanding that tobacco used to be comparatively more expensive than it is now, and pipes were smaller in the past than compared to today on average.
 
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Unfortunately, the pipes that will fit in this have to be rather small. The holes that the stem passes through is rather small, so wider bits will not go. Tall bowls will not fit in the bottom either, and most bent pipes are out too. Must have been made when most pipes were smaller than todays. :confused:
I did find some pipes that fit nicely though.
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Can you take off the piece with holes, and rip it down the middle with a table saw?

I did that to a few vintage racks and it allows them to now hold any pipe.
 

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Can you take off the piece with holes, and rip it down the middle with a table saw?

I did that to a few vintage racks and it allows them to now hold any pipe.
Yeah, I thought about that, but decided it would ruin the character of the rack for me. I normally don't have my pipes in racks, but in drawers instead. I'll probably find a place to display these pipes in the rack though.
 
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Yeah, I thought about that, but decided it would ruin the character of the rack for me. I normally don't have my pipes in racks, but in drawers instead. I'll probably find a place to display these pipes in the rack though.

Totally agree. Beat up Decatur pipe racks are one thing, but nice vintage examples I leave alone and use them to display smaller pipes.