This is a stunning, though mismatched, pair of pipes. The case is marked “Special” over “Barling’s” over “London Make” on the satin-lined inner lid. It is in excellent estate condition, with only light handling marks on the leather exterior.
The case is original to the first pipe, a Family Era/Pre-Transition Barling’s Make 1392 EL Saddle Billiard. Dating from between 1942 and 1950, this pipe is a real stunner stamped “Barling’s” over “Make” over “1392” on the left shank and “Made in London” over “England” and “EL” on the right.
The pipe stem is original, though repaired, Vulcanite and is stamped with the Crossed Barling logo (worn) on the top and “REGD 42/8968” on the underside.
The Barling 1372 measures just under 5″ long with a 1-3/4″ tall by 1-1/18″ wide bowl. Chamber bore is 3/4″.
The second pipe is a Peterson Kapmeer 24S, also a Saddle Billiard that dates from between 1968 and 1971. Unlike most meerschaum-lined pipes, the Kapmeer line utilized a meerschaum tube, open at both ends, instead of a full-bottomed meerschaum insert. The thinking was that a briar chamber floor would hold up better than fragile meerschaum, and if this pipe is any indication, it does.
The Peterson is stamped on the left shank with “PETERSON’S” over “KAPMEER”. The right shank is stamped “MADE IN THE” over “REPUBLIC” over “OF IRELAND” followed by a shape number, “24S”. The original stem is stamped with the Peterson “P” and has had the button repaired.
The Peterson Kapmeer measures 5-1/8″ long with a 1-1/2″ tall by 1″ wide bowl. Chamber bore is 5/8″.
The Peterson pipe is just slightly too long for the case, preventing a firm closure but the case has been protecting both pipes beautifully for decades.