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       your antique pipe                                                               

Do you want to restore
your old pipe?
All parts above the pipe head can be replaced
with new parts looking like the originals.
My knowledge on old tradition are coupled
with your knowledge of its history.
Typical restoration work on old pipes include
repair / replacement of damaged / missing parts.
Your pipe will be brought back to working order.

This is what you do:
1. Please contact
   or call me +47 41 02 08 80
to receive an offer on your pipe.
Photos makes this process easier.

2.Send your pipe(s) well wrapped up
with a return address and the desired repair, to:
Baard Hansen, Breistølen 19 A,
N-5034 Bergen, NORWAY.
   Due to Norwegian tax regulations,
parcels with a stated value
on more than US$180 / EURO 125
   will take a detour via the customs,
and an extra US$25 / EURO 17
is added to your bill.
3.When your pipe(s) are repaired,
I will send you close-up photos
of the pipe(s) by mail,
   for you to examine with my comments.
Normally pipes are repaired within 21 days.
   Return shipping will cost: US$38, Euro 29
for air shipping, insured, traceable,
up to 1 kilo of freight weight.
4.You pay using credit card via PayPals
secure server when repair is done.

5.The pipe(s) are returned by mail upon payment.

           An antique pipe
made by G. Larsen - Lillehammer.
           The pipe above is made by Gudbrand Larsen
 - Lillehammer, Norway about 1870.
           It is representative for the Scandinavian/North European
pipe tradition dating from early 19th century until about 1920.
           Typically, pipe heads grew bigger as tobacco
became more available from the colonies.
           Most pipes were made by local craftsmen
who did not leave any form of signatures on their work.
           Gudbrand Larsen from Lillehammer
were one of the first Norwegians specializing in pipemaking.
           He stamped his pipes "G.LARSEN" and used the silver stamp "G.L.".




The pipe head
The pipe head were commonly made from meerschaum.
This porous mineral changes colour from white to yellow/brown
 over time while the pipe is in use. Silver was used to reinforce
the fragile meerschaum and to make the pipe more beautiful.
On the top of the pipe head, there were a spring lock
making sure the lid were kept shut while smoking.
Underneath the lid, small ventilation holes ensures draft to the pipe.
The silverring underneath in the rear served to attach the chord with tassels.



Spring lock

On top of the pipe head,
there were often mounted
a spring lock that kept the lid shut.
Advanced versions included facets,
like the one on the picture.

Prices for restoration:
Making and mounting a spring lock:
Euro 80  - 100 / US$ 90 - 120
(Depending on size and complexity)



Cord ring

The cord was commonly mounted
to the pipe head in a silver ring.
Advanced versions included facets,
like the one on the picture.

Prices for restoration:
Making and mounting a silver ring:
Euro 70 - 90 / US$ 80 - 110
(Depending on size and complexity)





  The cherry woodpiece

Cherry or sallow was commonly used to extend the pipe
and maybe to flavour the tobacco smoke.
Cherry has a sweet scent.
The woodpiece was threaded on to the rest of the mouthpiece.
Cork were often used to ensure a tight & gentle fit
into the coned silver fitting on the pipe head.
The bark was often left on.

Prices for restoration:
Threaded, bored and corkfitted woodpiece: EURO 60 - 70 / US$ 75-85




The mouthpiece
To make it easier to smoke these long pipes,
the mouthpieces were equipped with flexible hoses.
In this way, the smoker could easier control the mouthpiece.

The black pieces on the picture,
were cut on the lathe from ebonite or horn.

Notice that the part of the mouthpiece going into the mouth
could be broken off piece by piece.
This ensured a new bit when the old were worn out.

The flexible hose was made form an inner metal spring
covered with either black cotton or by leather.
The latter is used on this pipe.

Prices for restoration:
End mouthpiece: EURO 60 / US$ 70
Flexible hose covered with leather: EURO 50 / US$ 60
Flexible hose covered with leather and black thread: EURO 70 / US$ 80
Hose holder: EURO 55 / US$ 65
Decorational ring sometimes used: EURO 40 - 50 / US$ 50 - 60
Middle piece attachment - threaded: EURO 52 - 58 / US$ 77 - 87

Some pipes were simpler: The three latter parts were made from one piece: EURO 120 / US$ 130



The cord with tassels

With the help of the cord, the pipe could be hung when not in use.
There where made dedicated pipe tables
and wall racks for hanging the pipes, and to place tobaccos.
In public houses, pipes where provided for the guests
to use with their tobaccos.
Sometimes, glass pearls were added to the chords.
The tassels served as decoration.

Prices for restoration:
Cord with tassels, mounted: EURO 60 / US$ 70.

Four colours available:
Off-white, light brown, yellow brown, black
(Chosen to match the colours on the pipe):



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