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How Estate Pipes Changed the Collecting World 

An English historian of pipes in general and Alfred Dunhill  Ltd. of London in particular, the late John C. Loring, dated the beginning of estate pipe collecting to 1976.  That was the year Dunhill acquired Lane Ltd., which included Charatan pipes.  It also marked the first noticeable blip, on the pipe world radar, of avid collectors in the U.S. starting to seek older, used English pipes that were rarer and could be repaired for reborn enjoyment.  The birth of estate pipe collecting, with its attendant lust for uncommon and valuable specimens, created a market that was susceptible to fraud on a new, sophisticated level.   

Limited at first to pipes from England because of their perceived superiority to those from other countries, before long the practice spread to estate pipes from around the world. The trend saw its heyday in the first decade, continuing into the second, of the new millennium.

Thus were born the combined phenomena of collectors who recognized the potential value of estate pipes, the intrepid craft folks who fulfilled the great need for independent, skilled workers -- or, as they came to call themselves, pipe restorers --to repair and clean all of the old pipes being snatched up in more and more amazing numbers, and of course the ever lurking scoundrels who found in the craze for used but “collectible” pipes an abundance of buyers ignorant of the knowledge needed to distinguish the legitimate from the fakes. 

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Jeantet Jumbos #964 Brandy (FR) $45

Dr. Grabow Viscount Red Dress Pipe (US) $29

Ben Wade Jumbo Poker Reject (UK) $45

Bristol Mat Filtre Natural Rhodesian (FR) $40