|Pre-Transition Barling EL #830953
|The shape # under the block-letter "Barling's Make" is 1366
and on the other side of the shank is #4109. A reader kindly
informed me that first number is the old Barling number and
then in June 1962 they switched to a new numbering system,
so the two numbers pin-point the date of production of this
pipe. If you are looking for a 1962 birth year pipe, yet not a
Dunhill, this is IT. Also, if 1962 is your birth year, you are 20
years younger than me. But don't be smug. By 1962 I had
already flunked out of college twice. (Because I was not on
scholarship, they took me in a 3rd time, the whores, and I stuck
it through to a successful, if rocky, end.) There is a tooth mark
on the top of the stem. The big issue, as you can see, is the
wear on the rim. But the chamber is just fine and the pipe will
provide a lot of smokes before expiring in 2114. Used.
5.2" long, bowl 1.75" tall. Weight: 7/8 oz., 24 grams. $95.