The Very First Ashton Pipe Ever Made * 1983 Pebblegrain * Coopersark No Reserve For Sale
THIS IS A (10)TEN-DAY(10), , AND INTERNATIONAL COLLECTIBLE BRIAR PIPE sale.PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL OF THE OTHER BEAUTIFUL, NEW, OR FULLY RESTORED AND RECONDITIONED HIGH GRADE COLLECTIBLE PIPES THAT I HAVE LISTED FOR sale THIS WEEK ON !
It is with great sadness, and true dense of loss that we, the pipe collecting community have lost another great pipe maker. William Ashton Taylor has passed away September, 2009. I am saleing the world renowned R.D. Field Ashton pipe collection. David Field was the original importer/distributor/partner with William Ashton Taylor who was a former master pipe carver for Alfred Dunhill, LTD. Since the beginning of their relationship, David culled several pipes from Bill Taylor's production each and every year in order to keep representative examples of the brand as it progressed and/or changed from year to year. What started in 1983, ended in 2002. This fantastic and extensive collection spans all of these years. These special and highly coveted pipes, totaling 213 in number, will be listed for sale on a weekly basis, but randomly selected within the same production era time frame, working from the most recent (2000-2002) back in time to the beginning (1983 - the first Ashton pipe ever made.) There will be many "first of" pipes (finish, style, stamping, etc.) , including the very last pipe to be saleed - the first Ashton pipe ever carved! Taken as a collection, this represents a both a serious and important opportunity for the advanced collector of Aston pipes, English high grade pipes, and pipes in general! This is the modern day equivalent of having the opportunity to own Alfred Dunhill's very own pipes that he had culled from the very first years of his company's production!
I strongly recommend that you read and study the information contained in the two links below, so that you not only have an appreciation of Ashton pipes, but an appreciation for the substance and specialness of this unique and extremely important Ashton pipe collection.
1.)The Ashton Pipe story:
2.)The R.D. Field Ashton Pipe Collection:
There can only be one first of anything. It could be your first love, your first car, or your first child. When it comes to an artist's work, again there can only be one first. This very pipe happened to be the very first Ashton pipe that was ever crafted by Bill Taylor. Bill's distributor David Field was the recipient of this pipe. As you can read and see on the R. D. Field Ashton website, this is pipe numero uno, pipe number one, the first Ashton. You have the provenance to read and print out for yourself on this extremely special pipe!Should you decide to offer, please ask yourself, what would be the value today of the very first Charatan or Dunhill pipe, especially with documented provenance? This pipe is truly about as important as a pipe can get! Please offer accordingly.
You will notice that the stampings are different than on any other Ashton pipe produced. "ASHTON" is in block fonts. The Date code "3" is larger than what ended up being used, and its location was next to the size stamping.
THIS PARTICULAR EXAMPLE POSSESSES A DEEP, CRAGGY, GNARLY, AND CRISP SANDBLASTING THAT IS REMINISCENT OF DUNHILL'S BEST SANDBLASTS OF THE 1920'S & 1930'S! THE FINISH IS AMAZING! DAVE FIELD LOVED THE OLD STYLE DUNHILL SANDBLASTS (HE PERSONALLY CHOSE TO ENJOY THIS ONE!) AND ONE CAN EASILY SEE THAT LOVE IN THIS PARTICULAR PIPE! THIS AMAZING PIPE MUST BE SEEN "IN PERSON" TO BE TRULY BELIEVED! THE SANDBLASTING OF THIS PIPE IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IN THE ENTIRE FIELD ASHTON COLLECTION! THIS IS THE VERY LAST ASHTON PIPE THAT IS BEING SOLD FROM THE R.D. FIELD ASHTON PIPE COLLECTION. IT IS TRULY "NOW OR NEVER" You are offerding on a formerly enjoyed (personally by Mr., David Field) Ashton "Pebble Grain" series rich dark burgundy/black stained sandblasted finish "XX" size graded, "Panel Billiard" shaped pipe that was hand crafted by Bill Taylor in April of 1983. There were only 31 pipes crafted in 1983, and this was the very first one! The stem was crafted from rod stock vulcanite.
This pipe was only one of a handful of pipes that David Field had chosen to use for himself. As the Ashton pipe distributor, he selected some very prime examples, after all, he was the ambassador of Bill Taylor's work and craft! You had better believe that Bill wanted his first pipe to be a masterpiece and this pipe truly is just that!
This is pipe number 1 out of the series of 213 pipes. The deep gnarly highly defined "ring grain" sandblasting of the bowl is incredibly beautiful and rarely encountered, especially in contemporary pipes. Wait until you see the photos below! The sandblasted finish is amazing!!! I am of the opinion that these first decade Ashton pipes represented the very best of Bill Taylor's work. He had left his former employ at Dunhill and started competing directly with them. He wanted to prove that he was capable of crafting a superior pipe than Dunhill's strict standards. He attacked his muse with a passion! I can tell you that I have handled and restored a lot of pipes and a lot of Ashton pipes over the years. From that first hand experience, I can tell you that this first decade of Ashton pipes are amazingly well crafted. More time, caring, and attention to detail was lavished on each pipe. Bill was putting his name on the pipe and he wanted to prove his ability as the finest craftsman of traditionally shaped pipes in England. This first decade series represents the passion of of a talented and highly experienced, classically trained pipe maker of English pipes, turning out some of the very best hand crafted briars that were ever produced in the United Kingdom! Who knows if there will ever be another traditional English pipe maker to craft pipes on the level of the first decade of Ashtons? These first years Ashtons will never be repeated. These are the very first pipes that Dave Field had started adding to his collection. I'm telling you - these Ashtons are on an entirely different level than not only the the later Ashtons, but all pipe being crafted in England.These special pipes will never be repeated again. I can assure you that if you add one of these early Ashton pipes to your collection, not only will you own an extremely well made pipe, but also a piece of pipe history. Investing in one of these early Ashton pipes that come from the R.D. Field (Remember that Dave Field was the original Ashton importer who in essence gave Bill Taylor the audience and customer base for his pipes.) pipe collection is analogous to investing in the earliest Dunhill pipes that were owned by Alfred Dunhill himself. Think about that. You have printable provenance from both Dave Field's Ashton site, as well as these sales themselves. Due to the global demand for these early Ashton pipes from this special collection, you will have to pay more than for other Ashton pipes, but these special Ashton pipes are like no other!Here are the dimensions : The overall length is about 5.95". The bowl height is 1.80". The tobacco chamber is 0.85" in diameter and tapers down the bowl's 1.675" inner depth. Capacity is similar to that of a Group 5 to 6 size Dunhill pipe. This extremely important English hand crafted pipe weighs 34 grams. The original black leather Ashton pipe bag is included.
Please note that due to the age of this pipe, it no longer carries an Ashton warranty.
have lightly cleaned, sanitized, rejuvenated, and
polished this beautiful pipe both inside and out. The original hand
cut vulcanite stem is free from any scratches, or oxidation. There is a small tooth mark on the bottom of the stem, near the lip. The old, original early Ashton font style bowl
stampings are so crisp and clear that they look like they were just
stamped on the pipe! It is ready to deliver immediate
enjoyment right out of the box.
I am running this as a Private sale so that you can offer on this Ashton pipe without worrying about stepping over your fellow pipe collector friends' offers, as well as keeping the winning buyer's name private. This important Ashton pipe deserves the highest of discretion. I know that there will be extensive interest in this gorgeous pipe! If requested, I will send an e-mail to the winning buyer, showing all of the offerding action at the close of this sale. I want you to offer with the highest of confidence and know that the winning buyer will get to see the list of the other buyers.
Once again, this is a (10)TEN-DAY(10) pipe sale. I do not believe in "Reserve" or "Buy it Now" prices. I want the lucky high buyer to own and enjoy smoking this pipe and not have him frustrate himself with offerding on a pipe that is not attainable on a price basis! Just be the high buyer at the close of this sale, and you will win what could again prove to be the best pipe in your collection!
Please read and review my ratings and comments. Check out the "ME" section after my name "coopersark". I think that you will find this information very informative and telling! Please feel free to send me an e-mail with any questions that you may have about this pipe. I want you to offer with the highest of confidence!
I use only the best of packaging materials. The pipes that I ship have too much time and labor lavished on their restoration and presentations as well as the many of these pipes are irreplaceable works of art. I am not going to risk damage by using lesser packing. (In my twelve years of selling pipes on and shipping thousands of pipes around the world, not a single pipe has been damaged!) I also try my utmost to ship your pipe the same day that I receive your payment, even if this means making a special trip to the Post Office just for you alone. The Registered parcels that ship overseas take extensive time with both the packaging and four forms of documentation that must be filled out. Unfortunately, this all has to be reflected in my shipping costs, so please offer accordingly.
winning buyer will include an additional $20.00 for Priority Mail
shipping, tracking, and insurance. (Foreign buyers will remit payment
by Pay Pal ONLY and will include an additional $50.00 for
International Insured EXPRESS MAIL shipping. As per both and
Pay Pal rules, this pipe will ship both fully insured, with the full
value declared for customs. You may have to pay additional duty. No
exceptions.) Thank you for your interest. Please do not forget to
check out my other sales! Good Luck and Happy offerding!!!
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The Very First Ashton Pipe Ever Made * 1983 Pebblegrain * Coopersark No Reserve: $3,050