- Nov 30, 2020
I know there are devotees of the style, but I can't abide the crude rustication.
Devotes of the style?I know there are devotees of the style, but I can't abide the crude rustication.
Now you've got my attention. Good man, that Ford was.but me, I want Ford Madox Ford
LOL, I have some natural skill when it comes to working with wood. Am I a Jack Howell? No, I am not, but then again, I don’t work in the pipe making industry. But Marx did work in it and he chose to create his own pipes to sell to the public. Perhaps his pipes were inspired by Henri Matisse?I deplore, your hate, of the rough rustication style. Take That! But go copy it, have you tried rusticating a pipe? It make take more skill than you are imagining.
Though pipe smoking was way more popular or common back then. Heck old pictures have more pipe smokers per capita then you find now. So it makes sense that there would be lots of old pipes around to be had.I’m older than Bic lighters.
I’m older than digital pocket calculators.
Im older than disposable razors, too.
The first disposable butane lighter, the digital pocket calculator, and the Good News disposable razor all came on the market in the middle 1970s.
All three gadgets were vastly more expensive then, even in nominal dollars, than today.
A disposable razor and a butane lighter both cost a dollar, and the first pocket calculators were $100, then.
Today they sell millions upon millions of them, and completion has not only improved the gadgets but driven down the price.
Wally Frank (through his companies) made a million or more pipes a year.
By 1945 making pipes was long a mature industry.
Minumum wage in New York City was forty cents an hour.
German U boats had quit sinking freighters loaded with about five years worth of Mediterranean briar.
Let’s pretend Marx paid his most skilled craftsmen $1 an hour and he could make even one pipe an hour.
Good briar today is $20 a piece. Then it might have been a dollar, for the very best of the best.
That fancy box and velvet sleeve might have cost another dollar.
Amd he’s paying rent and taxes and overhead in the most expensive address on earth, downtown New York City. Add two dollars.
But he gets $25 for every $5 he spends making a 400.
If he makes and sells a limited run of 100, our man has profited $2,000 on $500 invested.
Meanwhile Wally Frank is making and selling 100,000 pipes a month at an average of a dollar each, and likely spending $20,000 for costs, and profiting $80,000, and paying 95% of that for income tax, if he doesn’t buy race horses or other tax dodge investments.
Pipes sold then for $10 and up, but only to some very particular buyers.
The miracle is we have so many survivors today to buy for a song.
i think some of them where sold as something to pass down or at least the last pipe you buyI don’t believe these old pipes were manufactured with the intent to be around a century later. The fact they can is a testament to the nature of briar.
I am sure some were marketed that way for sure. But judging how most were treated or smoked and knowing that most of them never made it too far into the future, my guess is that most people saw a pipe as a consumable. Which is what it was.i think some of them where sold as something to pass down or at least the last pipe you buy
i swear i've seen ads for pipes that bragged about the longevity out lasting the buyerI am sure some were marketed that way for sure. But judging how most were treated or smoked and knowing that most of them never made it too far into the future, my guess is that most people saw a pipe as a consumable. Which is what it was.
However, looking at the craftsmanship from some pipes, it is clear that there were pipes that were made to last or be able to get some milage under their belt.
This Pipe by Lee that I am cleaning up as I type. It is clear to me that the smoker never intended this pipe to get very far in terms of longevity. It is a tar ridden disaster that is really an annoyance to clean up.
But compare it to a Dunhill that is much older, the dye and stain on the Dunhill still shines as if it was put on yesterday.
Let’s talk a minute about 75 year old, unsmoked pipes.Since last visiting this thread, I have added four more Marxman Pipes to my collection, all of them unsmoked. I have also come to Relax my view on the genre’s rustication technique. I’ll post pictures of the pipes later today.
That 25 dollar pipe is one ugly hunk of wood...IMHO, of course.View attachment 156418
Here are three unsmoked Marxman Pipes - Each has the box they came in as well as some of the literature and the original certificate and warranty. Relax With a Marxman.View attachment 156419
If you think that pipe is ugly... take a look at this one.That 25 dollar pipe is one ugly hunk of wood...IMHO, of course.
But it has three- THREE- gold stars!If you think that pipe is ugly... take a look at this one.
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This Third Generation Three Star Lee @Briar Lee is one ugly pipe. I imagine it remained unsmoked because the poor man who was given it as a gift couldn't bring himself to actually spend time breaking it in. LOL.