Helping the shift immeasurably was my father who, a month before I was to begin my freshman year in college, took me to the John Middleton shop in Philadelphia and allowed me to select a Dunhill pipe for myself.
Now, as I said, I had been messing with pipes for awhile and I had about 10 or 12- mostly Middleton Old Mariner’s and some Kaywoodie’s (made in London).
), surprised to realize that it’s been active for some six years now.
I scrolled through the online commentaries looking for a post or two either about the person (Oom Paul Kruger) to whom (allegedly) this unique pipe shape is attributed, or for something about a rather recent development, an online discussion as to whether this pipe shape is more accurately called “Hungarian”; it’s also been known by other names: Some briar aficionados say that the two terms are synonymous; other pipe mavens are noncommittal or don’t care a whit.
The first people to smoke tobacco in pipes were the Native Americans who lived in the eastern woodlands of North America between 500 BCE and 500 CE.
These early smokers burned indigenous tobacco in clay or stone platform pipes, so named for their flat bases.
I contacted the founder of the Oom Paul Society, Olie Sylvester, who responded immediately and advised that neither the mission nor the purpose of the “Oompaul Society of Non Typicals” encompasses an investigative pursuit of information about Kruger or this pipe.
When I volunteered to craft a mini-monograph, he willingly accepted, and I enthusiastically complied.
I messed with cigarettes a lot while in high school and some in college but gradually shifted over more to pipe smoking until I stopped cigarettes completely.
As you take account of the balance of this article, consider, allegorically, Act II, Scene II of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” She asks: “What's in a name?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet...” to which Romeo replies: “By a name, I know not how to tell thee who I am.” Or, for something more contemporary, consider René Magritte: “South Africa, this 19th century country of diamonds (Kimberley) and gold, was also an important player in tobacco pipe manufacture in that century.
Those 4 dots came out great in the photo, but the truth is thatthe top dot, in the diamond, is sort of missing, by which I meanthe dots in this case seem to be little blue/green beads that were put in holes, and the top hole is there, of course, but notthe bead that was originally in there. Among those who like traditional shapes, who doesn't love an Apple? It is quite light considering the amount of silver it is sporting.
Still, it's clearly an originalstem, in marvelous condition with no tooth marks. Except for a little ding on the bowl (which might well beremovable with some steaming) the pipe is in exc. The draw is open & the hand feel is all you can hope for in an Apple.5.5" long, bowl 1.7" tall.