Unsmoked CPF Gold Mounted Bulldog Estate Block Meerschaum Pipe [SOLD OUT]
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CPF is something of a mystery in the annals of pipe-making. It stood for either Colossus Pipe Factory, Consolidated Pipe Factory, or C. P. Fenner, depending on who you ask. But it is generally agreed that CPF was affiliated with Kaufman Bros. & Bondy, AKA KB&B, who are today most famous for creating Kaywoodie pipes. The CPF name was discontinued around 1915.
CPF made pipes around the turn of the 20th century, i.e., late 1800s to very early 1900s. So, this pipe is at least a century old. It’s also completely unsmoked, which means that its previous owners (I have to presume there were several) held onto it like a treasure and passed it down as an heirloom. I don’t blame them either, it’s stunning. It’s very much in keeping with the style of the time; traditional, simple shapes from the emerging English-French shape chart, coupled with beautiful adornments for higher end pipes like this one. The filigrees are probably rolled gold, while the stem is presumably Bakelite, Redmanol, or something of that ilk. These rare and, in the case of the latter, historic, materials have been perfectly preserved thanks to the pipe’s padded (velvet?) hard case.
One thing I’m particularly pleased to see is that, for this pipe, the stem screws onto the tenon, rather than screwing into the shank. It’s much better for longevity this way. Whether you decide to smoke it, or to put it on display, is up to you.
Bowl Width: 19.3mm
Bowl Depth: 1.5″
Weight: 1.4oz / 42g
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