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snagstangl

Lifer
Jul 1, 2013
1,519
593
Holy crap. Some of these just went on ebay. $425 and $566
http://www.ebay.com/itm/192156408102?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
http://www.ebay.com/itm/192156715886?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

JimInks

Sultan of Smoke
Aug 31, 2012
54,337
386,401
I was shocked by the prices, too. Guess that dream went up in smoke.

 

davet

Lifer
May 9, 2015
3,814
292
Estey's Bridge N.B Canada
Another up for auction, supposedly owned by Bing himself..... 8O
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sablebrush52

The Bard Of Barlings
Jun 15, 2013
17,234
34,439
SoCal
jrs457.wixsite.com
Another up for auction, supposedly owned by Bing himself..... 8O
It could be so, but there's no provenance so it doesn't really matter. The pipe is a bit odd, over buffed, and the stem to shank angle and fit is a bit off. I'll be interested to see what someone is willing to shell out for it.

 

mso489

Lifer
Feb 21, 2013
39,460
52,341
Bing had excellent show biz instincts about what would look good for him. He was calculating about what he wore and in this case smoked, so it came across with ease. He was intelligent on several fronts in addition to music.

 

Chasing Embers

Captain of the Black Frigate
Nov 12, 2014
38,693
85,956
Would love to get a Merchant Service pipe, or maybe a Basil Meadows Bing, but so far, this is as close as I've gotten.

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Jul 28, 2016
6,909
27,156
Finland-Scandinavia-EU
Lovely shape,and hardly seen this like shape produced by contemporary pipe manufacturers, I have that Savinelli False' Bing which is satisfactory and smokes well,but these originals + Basil Medows model have far better looks in them

 

JimInks

Sultan of Smoke
Aug 31, 2012
54,337
386,401
Basil crafts a great Bing with style. No Crosby fan should be without one.

 
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