I was able to find this NOS ( New Old Stock) Heritage Antique #72 Canadian just recently.
This is a pipe that has been on my bucket list for a while. After picking up my Heritage Heirloom 02 poker ( the pipe I use on the Baccy Pipes header ) exactly two years ago this month I started looking for a nice Heritage Antique to go with it. A #72 ( Kaywoodie shape) Canadian was my first choice. Luckily I was able to find this one for a very reasonable price. I would have paid more than double the price or most likely pass on it if it was on EBAY ,ETSY or a big name pipe shop.
Here is a brief history of Heritage pipes in case you are unfamiliar with them.
In May of 1960, S. M. Frank started a subsidiary company called Heritage Pipes. The Heritage pipes were an upscale line of push bit pipes meant to compliment the Kaywoodie line. Although not hugely successful, Heritage produced some fine pipes that are still in the collections of many pipe smokers. This company was dissolved on December 31, 1971.These pipes were Kaywoodie’s high end line and were made in the 1960’s and ended production in 1970. The Heritage Heirloom line was run by Stephen Ogdon who came from Dunhill. Only about 1 in 300 pieces of briar was good enough to use in the Heritage Heirloom line, and only top of the line Para rubber was used for the stems.
Heritage Heirlooms were the smooth version ( like the poker in the header) and the sandblast are called Heritage Antique.The Heritage pipes are not that common and quite collectible. Made in limited numbers and only a 10 year span. They are often referred to as American Dunhill’s.
I found this ad showing a Antique billiard from a 1964 Flying Magazine issue.
The pipe arrived and I was pleasantly surprised at how short it was for a Canadian. Although the bowl was a average #72 size ( 1 3/4 inches tall) the pipe was barley 5 inches long, along with a small diameter oval shank and stem.
Talk about light and comfortable! The pipe barely weights anything.
Only thing I did to the pipe was give a good dusting, a wipe down with mineral oil and a very light sanding on the stem with some fine grit paper.
After that a light buff on the stem and a coat of fresh wax over the whole pipe.
The Heritage Antique is now ready for some service.
For size comparison here is the heritage #72 next to one of my KB&B Yello-Bole standard size #72 Canadian’s.
I did give the bowl a thin honey and carbon coat to aid in breaking in before smoking some C&D burley in it.
I’m on about the tenth bowl so far and its breaking in really well. Again it is very light and comfortable. This is the lightest Canadian I own now and is quickly becoming my most favorite one. Its just needs a bit more breaking in too really make it a top smoker.
Until Next Time ,
Good Smokes To You.