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On the Origin of Estate Pipes in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Pipe 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. -- whether by coincidence or not -- becginning to seek older, used English pipes that were rarer and could be repaired for their own enjoyment.

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 dual phenomena of collectors who recognized the potential value of estate pipes and 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.  

Of course, there are two sides of the estate pipe coin.  But more about that later.

* With my respect and apologies to the late great Julian Jaynes, author of  On the Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind​, also published in 1976


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