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Barling "Vintage" Transition 5175 Smooth Billiard - Likely Late 1960s

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1970s Transition-Era Barling Smooth Canadian


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Transition Barlings are often looked down upon by many of the pipe collecting community as 'not worthy' of carrying the Barling name. It's as if Satan himself had bought the company and started making the pipes out of the souls of orphans. Yet these pipes are actually quite good - in many cases, great. The briar is old stock (sometimes the bowls or the entire pipe was made before the company was sold), the workmanship is solid (it would make sense that a number of the craftsmen stayed on) and the only difference between the two being a gradual change in nomenclature, followed by a necessary need to trim costs here and there. It really wasn't until the company was sold AGAIN (this time, it WAS sold to Satan) that the company went to hell in a handbasket.

This particular pipe is an estate Transition Barling "Vintage" smooth shape 5175, in a classic billiard shape.  The pipe possesses no fills that I can see, although there are a few sandspots.  The stem is original to the pipe, with the crossed Barling logo (a bit faded from buffing but still visible) and only one small tooth 'nick' on the button itself (on the top front left edge).  Although it's impossible to tell for certain, I would hazard a guess this pipe is from the late 1960s or perhaps the early 1970s at some point. The pipe is in very good to excellent condition overall, with very good stampings, medium capacity, reasonably thick walls, and classic proportions.  The main issue is the rim, which shows some darkening, moderate rounding the inner rim edge, some knock marks and other small issues.

Markings read: BARLING, LONDON ENGLAND, VINTAGE, 5175.  Stem shows the crossed Barling logo (faded but visible).


Length: 5.78"
Bowl width: 1.44"
Bowl Height: 1.81"
Chamber dimensions: .77" across, 1.55" deep
Weight: 38 grams



8.5 out of 10. The pipe shows well, with nice back-to-front graining (showing fanned out flame grain left and right, with birdseye on the front of the bowl) original stem in good shape (save on little nick on the button) and solid (if not perfect) stampings.  Issues:  All nomenclature is clear, mainly deep and fully readable, but has lost its "factory fresh" crisp edges.  The stem shows one small tooth 'nick' on the front top of the button.  There is a line of small pinprick dings on the front of the bowl, on the left side.  The right side of the bowl shows a few very light handling marks and a couple light scratches.  The main issue is the rim:  The outer edge is peppered with knock marks (this is mainly on the right side, but there are other knock marks scattered about the rest of the outer rim here and there) while the rim proper has a few dings, and some moderate darkening.  The inner rim is darkened and rounded, with the worst being between the 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock position where careless lighting and later buffing and created a slightly "out of round" appearance to the chamber opening.  PLEASE NOTE that the chamber itself is NOT out of round; it is simply the inner rim edge.  The chamber itself is in good shape, still round, with nothing unusual for an estate pipe.  That's it.  Otherwise ready to pack and light. 

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