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    Unsmoked pre-1920 French Briar with Amber stem

    I like getting a close-up look at old unsmoked pipes, as it tells us what the pipe-maker's original intent was. In this case, you can see the lathe marks on the inside of the bowl - much like the old Petersons before they started varnishing, then coating the insides. You also can see that the amber stem tightens just to the LEFT, as opposed to just to the RIGHT as you see on very old used screw-in tenons - perhaps preparing for a little bit of over-tightening over the years. Also, the tenon is plastic-white because it hasn't been affected by smoke and heat. It has an orific stem (hole in the bit) and the inside of the untreated bowl is dry, as would be expected. The original finish is probably the most interesting part because it appears no different than today's higher-end new pipes, so I won't touch that - only wiped it with a soft cotton cloth. The outside of the old case is battered, the inside has in gold, intertwined 'WAC' - but who knows what the intended order was?

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    Hello,

    An interesting pipe, reminds me of the Peterson 82s shape, which you don't get see very often.
    https://en.todocoleccion.net/collect...-82s~x50043685

    I'm not sure if "French Briar" in your heading refers to the nationality of the manufacturer or to the origin of the wood. I'm sure you know more about antique pipes than I do, but I would be surprised to see a French maker stamp something in English on a pipe, such as "Real Amber".

    I looked for the WAC on pipedia, turning around the letters in all sorts of sequences, and the closest I found, not among french but British makers, was WHC for W. H. Carrington & Co. - https://pipedia.org/wiki/Carrington . But based on Google finds their stem stampings didn't seem to have the letters intertwined.

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    What a pipe !

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    Yes, it's stamped 'French Briar' on the other side. I'm guessing it's a British company. It also has 'high grade' on a piece of paper glued into the case.

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    It would be nice to find out where it was actually made and sold!!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by etecjon View Post
    It would be nice to find out where it was actually made and sold!!!!



    Jon
    I think eventually I'll spot a pipe where the 'WAC' meaning is revealed.

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    Hello,

    I see in the What Are you Smoking Now Thread that you have smoked a very beatitiful Carrington pipe today. Now I feel a bit as if, with my earlier post here, I tried to teach a fish how to swim though I never dipped a toe in the water myself... Well, my intentions were good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus1970 View Post
    Hello,

    I see in the What Are you Smoking Now Thread that you have smoked a very beatitiful Carrington pipe today. Now I feel a bit as if, with my earlier post here, I tried to teach a fish how to swim though I never dipped a toe in the water myself... Well, my intentions were good.

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    I thought your reference to Carrington was a reasonable thought. Sometimes these guys had brothers with different initials who were temporarily part of the business. As long as 'WAC' is a mystery, any thinking about what it might mean is reasonable and appreciated.

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