YELLO-BOLE BAMBOO (Clean-NR)
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Sold Date: 03/25/2008
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Alcohol & Smoking
Back in the 1940s during and after World War II when briar was in short supply, Kaywoodie and Yello-Bole started making "Hand Made" pipes, actually carved pipes that would enable them to use the briar that had small defects and would otherwise not qualify for their grades of pipes that required unblemished briar.
One variation of these was the "Bamboo" Yello-Bole and "Mandarin" Kaywoodie.
This is one of Yello-Bole's "Bamboo" pipes of the era.
TheYello-Bole line, introduced in 1932, was an outlet for briar not usedin Kaywoodie production, mainly because it did not meet the higher grading standards (for spectacular graining, etc., required in Kaywoodie production). Yello-Bole's were manufactured by Penacook, N.H., subsidiary, The New England Briar Pipe Co. Advertising from the 1940s, pictures the Yello-Bole "Honey Girl" and urges the pipe smoker to smoke the pipe with "a little honey in every bowl." Honey was an ingredient of the material used to line the inside of the bowl. It was said to provide a faster, sweeter break-in of the pipe.I find these old Yello-Boles to be among some of the best smoking pipes on the market. You have to remember that they were made from briar owned by Kaywoodie - the undisputable owners of the best available briar of the day. Yello-Bole pipes were made from Kaywoodie's select "100-year-old" briar supplies that did not meet the highest grading standards required for Kaywoodie. That does not mean they are "seconds" or infer the briar used in the Yello-Bole pipes is of any inferior quality. It simply means that the briar sent to Yello-Bole did not have the straightest of vertical grains and other aesthetic qualities that Kaywoodie wanted in its top-brand pipes. This Yello-Bole "Bamboo" is a good example. It has lines, simulated upwardly curling smoke, carved into its bowl in such a way as to cover up the small sandpits and imperfections in the briar.
In addition, Yello-Bole came up with a coating for the bowls that produced a sweeter smoke and required virtually no break-in. That yellow lining has stood the test of time and is found intact in most of these old pipes that I restore. Keep in mind, this century-old briar has aged another 50-70 years. It is light and cool smoking. It's exterior finish can be easily maintained with an occasional light coat of extra virgin olive oil polished in with a soft cloth.
This pipe restored well. It has a push-style mouthpiece containing the Yello-Bole drinless mechanism of the period.
The pipe has has been cleaned and sanitized. I use nothing but non-toxic, biodegradable products in restoring old pipes.
If - for any reason - you are not satisfied with your purchase return the pipe for a full refund.
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