These two have been with me for some time and have become something of a trademark for me. The twins are about 20 years old. I have smoked them faithfully every other day since having them in my colletion. They are robust pipes to be sure and big enough to fill my hand, but not heavy to hold in the mouth despite their size. They are however, not identical. Looking closely, one can see that the lower of the two is not a perfect Stanwell. It failed the selection and was marked as a “Royal Danish”. Both pipes are made by Stanwell. Actually the lower one is cracked around the shank close to the bowl. Noticing this when I bought it, I asked if I could have the pipe for much less than half the price and had the condition provided, that if it broke in two within a month, I could get my money back. I smoked it once, the crack sealed itself and it has served me well in all the years that I have had it.
The upper pipe in the picture is a Stanwell first grade. I bought it as an estate pipe, in case the other one did break. It needed very little renovation being virtually unsmoked. The model name is “Golf”. Not surprising when one compares it to the driver club in the golf bag.
These two have travelled the world with me. They have helped me through some of the most difficult times of my life and were always there when things were good. I have lost them twice but they found their way back to me. I carry them with me when I travel now, either in my pocket or in the pipe satchel hanging from my wrist and never in my baggage.
I recently had them both refitted with acrylic stems. The pipemaker was amazed at their condition and congratulated me on my care of these pipes. I told him that I look after my friends. He smiled and agreed and said, “You certainly do.”