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    Latest additions to my Stanwell collection

    Just back from the post office with a belated Christmas gift from our cats.
    A shape no. 4-86 from the fifties; reg.no., 'S' only and my first bamboo-shanked pipe, another Stanwell.

    The bamboo-shank was introduced by Sixten Ivarsson in the fifties and the story goes that he couldn't get himself to throw a suitable piece of briar away, even if it wasn't large enough to make a shanked bowl, so he came up with the idea of the bamboo insert.

    I never could make up my mind if I liked them or not, but when my usual pipe dealer had this up for sale, I liked it.
    It's not easy to see on the photo, but it has some nice cheese curtains and a golden crowned 'S'.
    The weight is next to nothing, some 20-odd grammes, I'd guess.
    I paid 66/$100 for both and that was a pretty good price.

    Adjacent to the post office is a supermarket, so I popped in for a tin of one of my favourite tobaccos for the inauguration ceremony.
    (Unfortunately I forgot to cover the idiot-label).

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    Last edited by Dunstan Hillwell; 01-08-2018 at 12:31.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunstan Hillwell View Post
    Just back from the post office with a belated Christmas gift from our cats.
    A shape no. 4-86 from the fifties; reg.no., 'S' only and my first bamboo-shanked pipe, another Stanwell.

    The bamboo-shank was introduced by Sixten Ivarsson in the fifties and the story goes that he couldn't get himself to throw a suitable piece of briar away, even if it wasn't large enough to make a shanked bowl, so he came up with the idea of the bamboo insert.

    I never could make up my mind if I liked them or not, but when my usual pipe dealer had this up for sale, I liked it.
    It's not easy to see on the photo, but it has some nice cheese curtains and a golden crowned 'S'.
    The weight is next to nothing, some 20-odd grammes, I'd guess.
    I paid 66/$100 for both and that was a pretty good price.

    Adjacent to the post office is a supermarket, so I popped in for a tin of one of my favourite tobaccos for the inauguration ceremony.
    (Unfortunately I forgot to cover the idiot-label).

    Capstanwells.jpg

    Nice pipes at a nice price, Jesper! I like the info about Sixten Ivarsson and the origin of the bamboo shank, too. Now how did you get your cats to give you pipes for Christmas? Let me know so I can get our cat to do that!
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    Great looking Stannies. Congrats. I too have an 86, unfortunately a less than stellar product of the modern era, with awful briar. Well, I can't win the all. Enjoy yours.
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    Good going Jesper! I don't like cats, but I'm warming to yours!
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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    Nice pipes at a nice price, Jesper! I like the info about Sixten Ivarsson and the origin of the bamboo shank, too. Now how did you get your cats to give you pipes for Christmas? Let me know so I can get our cat to do that!
    Thanks, Russ.
    I like the story too and I'm utterly convinced that it's true.

    First I pamper the little dears, but you know cats. They are not always pamperable, so I hide their food dishes and that usually does the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeaward View Post
    Great looking Stannies. Congrats. I too have an 86, unfortunately a less than stellar product of the modern era, with awful briar. Well, I can't win the all. Enjoy yours.
    Thanks, Ed.
    I have another 86, given to me by DW back in 1998 and they are great-looking examples of what Sixten Ivarsson could do with a lump of briar. I do know that he didn't make it himself but he designed it.
    It must be possible to find a better 86, should you be interested and at a reasonable price too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon G View Post
    Good going Jesper! I don't like cats, but I'm warming to yours!
    Thanks, Simon.
    I love cats though they can be real bastards at times, but with these two pipes ours have redeemed themselves.
    For a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockbass View Post
    I've always wanted a bamboo stemmed pipe. Now you've set a very high standard.
    Thank you, Thomas.
    I was made an offer I simply could not resist. It's a beautiful pipe and a joy to handle and I look forward to smoking it as my after-dinner pipe and the 86 as my first evening pipe.

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    Both great looking pipes, Jesper. Congrats! Bamboo shanks are something that I had to come around to, but I quite like them now.
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