Henry Lawson's pipe

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Gary Harding
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Henry Lawson's pipe

Post by Gary Harding » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:45 pm

Henry Lawson's pipe.

I bought a nice poker pipe at a garage sale last week for $5. (see photo of it)

It was a deceased estate and I was assured that it was very, very old. Just had a feeling that it might be valuable.. so for $5.. well... could it be Lawson's pipe I thought?
Now there is a picture of Lawson's pipe (the more modern-looking one photographed) by The Mitchell Library, NSW. (it was gifted to them in 1950.. see photo)

I also know that there was another "Lawson's pipe" that was auctioned in I think the late 70's or early 80's.

I am beginning to think that the world might be full of "Lawson pipes"... if you get my drift. So if you are ever offered a genuine "Lawson pipe" by someone in an alley...

Now I am trying to reconstruct a desk with Henry Lawson sitting at it from an old photo and thought that this might do as a Lawson pipe, even although in truth it may be that it was not born for a few decades after his death.. or not. I don't know.

Already have the nib-pen and exact inkwell.

Hold on... do I see H.L. initials underneath the bowl? If not I might get out my carving knife.... instant Henry Lawson pipe.
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Maureen K Clifford
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Re: Henry Lawson's pipe

Post by Maureen K Clifford » Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:20 am

Your $5 find is a rustic briar pipe aka poker pipe - it could certainly fetch considerably more at Auction for people who collect items related to smoking - $100+ not unfeasible, but whether or not it belonged to HL is open to conjecture - if it did then of course it would be worth considerable more. You might find this link interesting - http://www.tobaccopipes.com/search.php? ... es&Search=
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