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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all the Pittsburgh Pipe Club pipe smokers.

I must have been VERY good this year as Santa brought me a Castello GG-84 Hawkbill (donkeynut) pipe.  After a dozen or so bowls, it is breaking in very nicely.  I am using McC #5100, a mature Virginia, to break in the pipe.

Castello GG-84 Old Antiquari

 I also received a copy of the 1890 George Zorn & Sons Catalog (Market ST., Philadelphia).  They were a company that supplied pipe shops with all of their needs.  It is one of the earliest catalogs available as a reprint.  This catalog has pictures of some of the first of the hawkbill-ish shaped pipes.  In looking at some of the old clay pipes found in the catalog, I think that the hawkbill shape is based on some of the old clay pipes with severe curves in the shanks.

This is a scan of an illustration from the Zorn Catalog.  Note the amount of wood on the shank of the pipe and the curvature of the shank and size of the bit. 

The following is another scan of a hawkbill shape pipe from the Zorn Catalog.

hawkbill pipe from Zorn Catalog

Note that the pipe shown in this illustration is in a fitted case.  It is one of the earliest illustrations of a hawkbill shape pipe.

At next year’s Conclave Of Richmond Pipe Smokers (CORPS) show, the plan is to show my collection of hawkbill pipes (43 pipes currentlyof which 11 are Castello) between Mike Davis’ collection of KKKK-sized Castello 84s (approximately 60 pipes), and Mike McCain’s collection of GG-sized 84s (approximately 44 pipes).  It should be a case of SHOCK and AWE.

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