Stanwell Number 130
This must be one of my oldest pipes. Beyond the model stamp “130”, the pipe is marked “Stanwell, Royal Briar” and, of course, “Made in Denmark”. The markings are all on the underside of the shank except the model mark, which is on the right hand side of the shank.
This one came to me by auction and I gave very little for it at the time. I have no idea of the history of this pipe other than I have owned it for about six years now. It is fairly large pipe, slightly reminiscent of the “Acorn” shape with a conical chamber. It can be held in the mouth but not for extended periods of time unless you have jaws like a bulldog. I haven’t really been giving it the attention it deserves lately but I pulled it off the rack yesterday and it surprised me once again. It smokes very well indeed. I remember having to clean a lot of tar and gunk out of the airway when I got this pipe and I am particular with it when I clean it now. The shank collects a lot of tar like goo but the pipe rarely gurgles. The airway is 4 mm in diameter and the draw is very light. There is something about these older pipes. The feel of them, reminding one of the freehand pipes of the nineteen seventies and the old school engineering of the stem, takes one back to times when life was, perhaps, a little less complicated.
It goes well with Virginias but is not so appreciative of flakes. Typically for me, a conical bowl will warm up drastically as I get closer to the bottom of the bowl while smoking the pipe. This means having to take my time at the end of the bowl and relaxing to enjoy the last of the charge. Not a good pipe for a quick smoke then, but a real experience in the evenings with a good scotch while sitting beside the woodstove toasting one’s toes!