Stanwell pipes dating
I was just about to start a new thread in order to ask about a Stanwell estate pipe that I recently purchased from a seller in Germany when I discovered this one. The bottom of the bowl is stamped "MADE IN DENMARK", and on the opposite side of the shank is stamped "SELECTED BRIAR" above "03". A smooth Flame Grain from a 1971 pricing guide sold for US .60.My pipe is a billard shape and the shank is very clearly stamped "STANWELL" in tapering letters, above "Regd. The stem has the crowned S engraved rather than painted or embossed. Stanwell has used the stamping/embossing application for the logo as well as a decal, which polishes off quite easily, and the application of a brass or sterling logo. Information that I have gathered over a few years from various sources, indicates that the Regd. Further dating may be determined by the "Stanwell" stamp; are all the letters the same height or are they larger at either end, tapering in the middle. My pipe does have the "S" with a crown over it on the stem. So you have a pipe that is at least 23 years old or so, if not much older. Another tibit of information is that up until approximately 1970, only the top Stanwells ( eg. All others only had the "S" stamped on the stem/mouthpiece.
After that the logo was moved to the side of the stem (exceptions exist).All of them come with a standard length and a churchwarden stem so you can enjoy your pipe when you're a bit more active, or when you have the time to lounge and relax.These pipes have been scarce in the past few years, so get them while you can!Hopefully I will have some "good news" for you at that time. This stamping was stopped in the late 1960s to early 1970s.
Kaywoodie began as a line of pipes offered by KB&B (Kaufman Brothers & Bondy) in 1919 (see also Dinwoodie). Up until the late 40's this logo was used on all of the upper grades pipes.The Hans Christian Andersen lines are available in three beautiful finishes; Sandblast, Smooth and Flawless.