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Thread: Comoys Blue Riband Straight Grain 336 C

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    I just thought I would post these pictures in this thread. A Jost's 498 made by Comoy's. As you can see, it has the same metal insert in the shank as the Blue Riband, and clearly there is no crack in the shank. So perhaps, at some point Comoy's DID use this reinforcement on some of their pipes. You can also see the metal insert in the tenon, also like a Blue Riband's. I found it interesting.
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    That's a gorgeous prince! Great restoration!

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    Adding to the knowledge base, this early Blue Riband. Note the LONDON MADE mark, and the shank reinforcement. So, it would appear that the metal shank sleeve was something Comoy's did do at some point in the late 1930's.
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    I hope this pipe justifies reviving an interesting old thread. This pipe looks to be an unsmoked Blue Riband from the 1930s, though earlier bits of this thread caution against making too much of nomenclature. I wish the seller had provided photos that would let us see whether the pipe possessed the mortise/shank reinforcement.1.jpg2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg5.jpg6.jpg7.jpg8.jpg9.jpg

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    More new information to add about "...the very rare 'Inter Steel' system of mortise and tenon reinforcement that Comoy's used on high end pipes in the late 1930's...", from doctorbob at pipemag.

    Both, the system was registered for patent in late 1938 with a ring in the mortise and a longer tube permanently anchored in the tenon and stem. The patent was issued in mid 1940 (UK 521123). It would appear that the ring in the wood around the mortise was a failure, resulting in an increased occurrence of the entire end of the shank snapping off, and was discontinued pretty quickly. The tenon reinforcement lived on for several more decades.

    If you look up the patent online you can see the system in cross section. The ads I have seen called it the Inter Steel system, and advertised an 'unbreakable pipe'.

    I have often heard people state that the ring in the mortise must have been a repair, but this was a Comoy's advertised factory feature (briefly), and should be considered as such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    More new information to add about "...the very rare 'Inter Steel' system of mortise and tenon reinforcement that Comoy's used on high end pipes in the late 1930's...", from doctorbob at pipemag.



    Hi Dave
    Very interesting thread. Just as a minor addition. I have a London Pride Comoy’s which looks like early post WWII that also has the metal sleeve inside the tenon. Built not in the mortice.

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    Somewhere around here there's a thread by Troy that contains the details and a discussion of the Comoy patent.

    Also, I have a Blue Riband on the bench that has a metal sleeve inside the mortise. Not a repair. It's the only Comoy I've seen with that type of insert.
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    Somewhere around here there's a thread by Troy that contains the details and a discussion of the Comoy patent.
    http://pipesmokerunlimited.com/showt...=comoys+patent

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    That's the one.

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    So from my observance of the Comoy posts I assume that "riband" status is awarded to a pipe solely based upon the 'extra' special grain. Is that correct?
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