This Sunday i thought i would break out a couple of my old Marxman’s and smoke them . I figured that since i had them out i would take some pictures and share them.
This apple was my first Marxman . I picked it up off Ebay and instantly fell in love with its looks . It was very lightly smoked and all original . Luckily for me the seller listed it under Markman instead of Marxman so i won the bid with little effort . All i did was give it a light cleaning and wax to preserve it .
It has taken on a darker, warmer color and patina from smoking since i acquired it .
I can honestly say its the best smoking apple shape i have .
The Marxman booklet is pretty interesting i think , so here is a few pages out of it .
I had just started collecting American made factory pokers and up in the right corner low and behold there was a poker . I did not think Marxman made pokers because i had never seen one .
Well the search was on for one ! I looked and looked and only found one picture and reference on one web page , a rusticated Deluxe . That was it . So i was a little disheartened and i figured this might take some time .
Well luck was with me , In a short time i found a obscure thrift/antique store online located in Los Angeles that had a Deluxe Marxman poker for sale . It was more price wise that i usually spend on a estate pipe but i decided not to be cheap and buy it as i did not know when i would see another .It was all original and lightly smoked ,a perfect example .
The seller did tell me that there was a good chance the pipe was owned by actor Glenn Ford ( a well known pipe smoker and collector ). She could not promise it but the person’s estate sale ( he was a pipe smoker as well ) she got it from used to work for Glenn Ford on his property as a grounds keeper or some such . Glenn Ford had given him a pipe from time to time over the years and this might have been one of them . There is no way to prove it other than finding a picture of him ( Glenn Ford ) smoking this exact pipe . I have been a Glenn Ford fan for many years and enjoy watching his old movies so it is a pleasant thought that he may have owned it , but i take that information with a grain of salt .
When it arrived i was very pleased with it . A light cleaning and wax was all it needed . It also came with original box and a plain pipe sock .
Now let me tell you this is one big hunk of briar .The bowl is almost 2 1/4 inches tall , 1 1/2 wide with a 1 inch diameter chamber . It provides a very long smoke .
It has the Marxman logo on one side with Deluxe stamped on other
I have seen one other for sale online since my purchase of this one and it was a smooth like mine . The stem had been replaced with a horrible looking silver stem and the stamping’s were all but gone from over buffing .
Im going to smoke and enjoy these old American classics today and i hope everyone enjoys looking at them here on Baccy Pipes .