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VanRoy Bard pipes are from the Linkman / Dr Grabow company. They tend to have fancy briar, with lots of contrast and character, and are marked "Selected Briar" or "Selected Grain."
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[[Image:Vanroy.jpg|thumb|October, 1944 Advertisement]]
A 1945 Ad reads: “'''Signet of Quality in Pipes'''
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[[File:VanRoy Bard 1945.jpg|thumb|Courtesy Doug Valitchka]]
.” “Under a star studded sky… when impressions are sharply accented… try smoking a VanRoy. You will soon realize how profound is the difference between pipes and thank your lucky stars that your that your smoking companion is a luxurious VanRoy.VanRoy Company, Inc., Empire State Building, New York, N.Y. (September 1945)They incorporated the Ajustomatic stem fitment (also found in the Dr Grabow) starting in 1945, but this feature became an exclusive for Dr Grabow starting in 1949.
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[[Image:VanRoyBard15.jpg|thumb|Courtesy Doug Valitchka]]
The stem logo is a fleur-de-lis, which is a stylized design of either an iris or a lily.
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The [[VanRoy]] Pipe Company, originally located in the Empire State Building in New York City, began as its own pipe company, and the originator of the Ajustomatic feature better known from its later use in [[Dr. Grabow]] pipes. No evidence can be found of their existence prior to October, 1944When [[Henry Leonard & Thomas Inc.]] moved to Sparta, North Carolina in 1953, in addition to purchasing the rights to the [[Dr. Grabow]] line, they also purchased other New York pipe firms, including the VanRoy company.  After moving to Sparta, HL&T at some point revived the VanRoy name for a cheaper line of pipes, but the later pipes did not have the ajustomatic feature, and instead a push tenon.
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The stem logo for VanRoy was a fleur de lis, originally filled, and the pipes were marked as patent pending for the early ajustomatics.  In 1949 the pipes began to carry a patented stamp, with the 2461905 patent number representing the 1949 patenting of the ajustomatic feature, as well as a stamp stating "Magic Cake", but no fleur de lis was on the stems.  After 1953, pipes have been seen with a fleur de lis again on the stem, but an open design, not a filled one. 
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According to the 1944 ad there were 4 models offered, as follows:
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* ARISTA... 3.50
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* BARD... 5.00
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* COURIER... 7.50
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* DUMONT... 10.00
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<gallery widths=200px caption="Examples, details, and nomenclature, courtesy Doug Valitchka">
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File:VanRoy01a.jpg
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File:VanRoy07a.jpg
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File:VanRoy09.jpg
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File:VanRoyBard01.jpg
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File:VanRoyBard05.jpg
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File:VanRoyBard07.jpg
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File:VanRoyBard12.jpg
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</gallery>
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<gallery widths=200px caption="Another example and details, courtesy Doug Valitchka">
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VanRoy01.jpg
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VanRoy07.jpg
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VanRoy08.jpg
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VanRoy09.jpg
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VanRoy10.jpg
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VanRoy11.jpg
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</gallery>
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[[Category: Pipe makers by nationality]][[Category: United States]]

Latest revision as of 14:44, 21 May 2021

October, 1944 Advertisement
Courtesy Doug Valitchka
Courtesy Doug Valitchka

The VanRoy Pipe Company, originally located in the Empire State Building in New York City, began as its own pipe company, and the originator of the Ajustomatic feature better known from its later use in Dr. Grabow pipes. No evidence can be found of their existence prior to October, 1944. When Henry Leonard & Thomas Inc. moved to Sparta, North Carolina in 1953, in addition to purchasing the rights to the Dr. Grabow line, they also purchased other New York pipe firms, including the VanRoy company. After moving to Sparta, HL&T at some point revived the VanRoy name for a cheaper line of pipes, but the later pipes did not have the ajustomatic feature, and instead a push tenon.

The stem logo for VanRoy was a fleur de lis, originally filled, and the pipes were marked as patent pending for the early ajustomatics. In 1949 the pipes began to carry a patented stamp, with the 2461905 patent number representing the 1949 patenting of the ajustomatic feature, as well as a stamp stating "Magic Cake", but no fleur de lis was on the stems. After 1953, pipes have been seen with a fleur de lis again on the stem, but an open design, not a filled one.

According to the 1944 ad there were 4 models offered, as follows:

  • ARISTA... 3.50
  • BARD... 5.00
  • COURIER... 7.50
  • DUMONT... 10.00