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UNSMOKED 2004 Ligne Bretagne Yule Pipe #04yulelb

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The quick story - I've recently gotten hold of a large cache of my older pipes as part of a generous gift to help us pay my wife's cancer surgery expenses. Over the next weeks, I'll be gradually posting them as I get them cleaned, inspected, etc. Many of these pipes are NEW and UNSMOKED and have been part of a display collection, sometimes for as much as 20 years!

This pipe is another of the unsmoked ones - It's been part of a private collection since 2004 and has never seen a match. 2004 was the third year that we made Yule Pipes in France, and this pipe carries the "Ligne Bretagne" and "Faite en Bretagne" stamps from that period. I had started thinking about how to make a pipe look "Christmas-ey" and here we opted to go with the red & green color combination for the season - The shank ring is swirled green & black cumberland, with the bowl getting a multi-layered red & gold stain. Both colors are subdued and not flashy, since I felt that the shape was already big and loud enough.

This particular pipe is #1 of the 2004 Yule Pipes, and is stamped 1 on the shank underside. It differs from the others in one major way - The bowl rim is natural plateau, whereas all of the other 2004 Yules had turned flat-topped rims.

The 2004 Yules were also different from all the other Yule Pipes we've done in another aspect - They each came with two stems, a long churchwarden stem and a shorter freehand stem. I suspect a lot of these have gotten separated from their extra stem over the years since, so I was extra-delighted to find that this pipe still retained the long stem. I only took one photo of it above as the thing is too darned long to easily fit into my photo booth when the churchwarden stem is in!