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Puffer Mark

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PostSubject: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:22 am

By now you good folk know that I just love me a good bargain (and shamelessly bragging about it).

Have gander at this one I snapped yesterday. Pics aren't great, but it looks pretty sound in wind and limb, as it were. I think it'll clean up nice.

I shall refrain on this occasion from telling you what I paid, since as it is crass and crude to discuss money and is bound to bring a tear to your eye. Ahh, to hell with it, here's a box of tissues:

At the current exchange rate it comes to exactly 11 dollars and 19 American cents (or 7 Great British pounds, two pence for my UK brethren).

I think I did OK. lol!

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/203635667/Loewe_Harley_Pipe.html
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:05 am

That does look like it will clean up v nicely indeed! Well-scored
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Simple Man



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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:22 am

A 1932 Harley! I got a bit excited there for a minute... Laughing that is a nice vintage piece of pipe history you got there. You sure can't beat the price you paid for it. Are you going to try to restore it or leave it as is?
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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:40 am

Before-and-after photos should be spectacular. That's an interesting pipe, definitely a collectible.
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:57 am

Wow, that is fabulous. Who knows what that would have brought on ebay, older Loewe pipes do not pop up that often.
Will you do the restoration work? (I'd love a chance to restore that one!)


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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:33 pm

Definitely has the charm of a bygone era. Very nice.
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:47 pm

No matter the currency, a darn good get cheers FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:55 pm

Jou bliksemse mannetjie!! Dis die bargain van die eeu! cheers

This is one awesome find.....CONGRATULATIONS. No need to say I'm jealous Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:01 pm

Sweet! For $11.19, you can afford to be crass! cheers cheers cheers
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Puffer Mark

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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:20 am

Thanks for all the kind comments.

In terms of restoration, it looks pretty sound with no major issues so I think Iíll give it a bash, as I find this half the fun. That said, my limited techno-mechanical abilities usually mean that I have a kind of less is more approach. So I think maybe a light ream with some sand paper to smooth things out in the tobacco chamber, some gentle cleansing of the exterior of the stummel and a good scrub out of the shank with bristle cleaners and alcohol. Far as I know, we donít have an equivalent of Everclear, so some vodka will have to do.

Iíll try to spruce up the stem with a process of soaking in some bleach solution, then apply buffing pads and metal polish, which has worked well for me in the past. And for the band, Iíll try to get hold of a non-abrasive silver jewellery cleaning cloth, which I believe are available here.

For finishing, maybe just some bowl polish and a wipe down with a silicone cloth. I certainly donít have the skills to bring it back up to showroom condition, as I have seen in some of Alís beautiful work, but maybe a pipe of this era should show itís age with a bit of patina.

Touch wood, I havenít really wrecked one yet, and if I do make a hash of it, you may well never see or hear from me again. The shame would be unbearable.

On a bit of a tangent; I claim to all and sundry that I buy Ďem to smoke Ďem, but with a pipe this age, I suppose the question does arise: To smoke or not to smoke? Unfortunately I donít really have an area to display my pipes, so if not taken out to smoke it will seldom be seen, and that too would be a pity.

As always, your thoughts on all of the above are welcome. †
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Simple Man



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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:50 am

A man after my own heart. While I can certainly appreciate a pipe to fully restored condition, as if it were recently found NOS, I am more of a fan of polishing out the rough edges and leaving the patina of the age. I like to leave a bit of use showing from the gentlemen of the past who owned it for a while. You got a nice bit of history there. Hope you enjoy it very much! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Sun Oct 18, 2015 2:34 am

I'm ready for my close-up, Mr DeMille:

I think she spruced up quite nice, at least not bad for an 83-year-old. Sorry for the poor pics. Couldn't get my light right.





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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Sun Oct 18, 2015 2:43 am

Fantastic job Mark! That is one collectible piece any pipe smoker would be proud to have in their collection! cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:41 am

That is fantastic! T'would be a wonderful pipe in anyone's pipe rack. Congrats on a great find and revamp!
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:33 am

That's just the RIGHT amt. of Refurb IMHO !! It maintains the right amt. of "patina" of it's age andi's a shape you don't see offered these days NICE, NICE, NICE Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:34 am

Very nice. Came out perfect.
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:57 am

monbla256 wrote:
That's just the RIGHT amt. of Refurb IMHO !! It maintains the right amt. of "patina" of it's age andi's a shape you don't see offered these days NICE, NICE, NICE †Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Michael, I agree. If I have a pipe that is 83 years old and has been restored to the point that it has zero patina, it has lost some of it's mojo IMO.

In the antique gun world, if someone re-blues the metal, and refinishes the gun stock, they will actually diminish the value of a collectible gun in most cases.

Bottom line, is that patina is something that is difficult to obtain, and is one of the primary indicators of age that most antique collectors are using as a gauge of worth and authenticity.
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:34 pm

Lowes from that time period are as good as a pipe gets. Great find at a superb price! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:05 pm

Someone give me a history lesson. Looked at the nomenclature and it appears that it's from London. Is that correct? Also, it appears as though there is a "W" after London. What does that mean? I'm assuming London England, btw.
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:28 pm

juanmedusa wrote:
Someone give me a history lesson. Looked at the nomenclature and it appears that it's from London. Is that correct? Also, it appears as though there is a "W" after London. What does that mean? I'm assuming London England, btw.

Here ya go:

http://pipedia.org/wiki/Loewe_%26_Co.
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PostSubject: Re: 1932 Loewe & Co 'Harley'   Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:45 pm

What a nice find, Mark! I'm looking forward to seeing it at the Pipemeet this Saturday.
My Loewe smokes like a dream, so of course you will have to try it!
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