- Dec 25, 2007
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Great work on this piece!
This is going to be of no help to you, but I've seen sellers confuse that AR stamping as an "original" Ascorti/Radice stamp that [I believe] falsely indicates it is a very early pipe, as in from the beginning of Caminetto. If it is a white inlay mustache, then it is from at least the 90s. I can't see how such pipes could be sold under the idea they are from the 60s. UNLESS...UNLESS...and I'm making this up out of fantasy land wine collecting weirdo realm, they were unfinished pipes found in an abandoned farmhouse where Ascorti and Radice vacationed with their families in 1969. At best, the way they're often sold is confusing, and at worst, buyers are straight-up being mislead.Andrew Thomson":gt8odhx7 said:I have just read the most wonderful article on the history of Caminetto. I purchased a new one this week which had just been left in the shop for years as old stock. It has the "Caminetto" stamp on with the numbers 00. .31 and also has HAND MADE CUCCIAGO - ITALY on the other side of the shank. It also has the initials AR stamped in a circle and the pipe stem has the typical white moustache and the stem is silver with the numbers 925 stamped on it. Any ideas of the age of this pipe as it is stunning and the briar is of a quality I have not seen before as it is perfect. I love it so much so any help would be sincerely appreciated. Thanks.
I don't think your pipe is a fake. I hope I didn't imply that. My point was more that both sellers and buyers, but especially sellers, take liberties with information and folklore to gain the highest price. That's nothing new, but when you have so little documented information in a hobby, things can get really opportunistic and overstated. And some even simply make stuff up because they can. I'd believe joshoowah's information. In my eyes, there is old Caminetto production (the line of gold stamped logos) and new Caminettos (white inlay logos). Honestly, I've never differentiated much more than that, because I never had interest in them once they began being produced again (with the white inlay logos).Andrew Thomson":3fhq394g said:Hey thanks Zeno and Dave as that is helpful. I have found others for sale on the web with similar number equations so I assume it is genuine as the sellers all seem to be reputable. I purchased it from a really good pipe, cigar and whisky supplier in Cambridge so I don't think it is a fake. However you think it is likely to date to the 90's but doesn't that take it beyond the end of the Caminetto production period according to Josh's research? I would post some pictures but I am really new to the forum and I haven't a clue how to add any images to be honest. God that makes me sound an old fobbie so please forgive me.
Maybe you can help me, sir. I have one Caminetto I bought in Boston about 10 or 12 years ago. I has the Caminetto name in script, Hand Made Cucciago-Italy, and this stamped below the Camintto name, 8-R07. I read that R stands for business finish, but I don't know what R07 means. If you, or any other participant can help me out with that, I would appreciate your input. Thanks for your time and attention.EXCELENT PIECE OF WORK !!!! I've no Caminetto's in my assemblege of pipes, having primarily focused on Brit and American makers, but I learned SOOOO much from your well written and thoughtfully presented work! THANK YOU !!