Should My Barling's Make Prince Be Bent?

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owen

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A recent acquisition. When I checked the shape number it appears is should have a bent stem?



 

newbroom

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It might have been straightened, can be bent if you want, very easily, DIY.

It looks original, or at least authentic to Barling. The length seems appropriate too.

 

jcsoldit

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Bent seams to be the norm now days, but it doesn't have to be, some prefer them straight. I read a post on facebook from Gregory Pease where he stated that in his opinion, all princes should be straight.

 

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sablebrush52

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Your prince is pictured in the 150th Anniversary Catalog that Barling published in 1962. The stem is straight. The model number is 2386, which breaks down as follows:
2 = chamber size - small, the equivalent of the old S-M size stamp

38 = shape - prince

6 = stem shape - tapered stem with a length of between 3-1/4" to 3-5/8"
The page also shows a prince with a very slight bend added to the stem. No variation in stem shape number. So a bent was an option. A lot of pipesters think that a prince is always a bent. Nope. Not the case at all.
Your pipe was straight stemmed.

 
Dec 10, 2013
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It is a nice one Owen, nothing to add to Jesse's very learned and much appreciated opinion.
I too prefer a straight stemmed prince, makes it look a trifle more masculine imho .

 

owen

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Thank you gents. I didn't much fancy bending it I'm far too clumsy. It stays straight. Such a shame to loose the logo to remove the oxidisation. I can see this one getting a lot of use.

 
Dec 10, 2013
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The Barling logos were hot stamped ones and often kind of "dissolved" in the oxidation .

Would not worry to much about it. I have my methods to remove the oxidation and preserve a logo , but it is delicate.

With liquid paper most of the shallow logos can be "filled" .

 

mso489

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Useful note for us students of shapes. I would have said bent was the standard for a prince, but it's good to know otherwise. I think the classic churchwarden had an arched stem, but straight churchwardens have become pretty standard if not quite as common ... I have both. For my taste, I think a somewhat bent stem on a prince adds to its air of elegance, but that is purely subjective.

 
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