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Bill also spends a little time debunking Rick Hacker’s version of the Custombilt line. According to Steve Frank, it appears that Carl Weber, the original owner of the Weber factory, never owned the Custombilt name as suggested by Hacker.
 
Bill also spends a little time debunking Rick Hacker’s version of the Custombilt line. According to Steve Frank, it appears that Carl Weber, the original owner of the Weber factory, never owned the Custombilt name as suggested by Hacker.
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<gallery widths=250 heights=250 caption="A 'Stamp #5 example, thought to be the rarest Custom-Bilt, along with box and paperwork, courtesy Brian Robertson collection.">
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Custom-Bilt-5-1-4.jpg
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==== The Alternative History ====
 
==== The Alternative History ====
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Claude Stuart purchased the Tracy Mincer Pipe Company and began making pipes using the Tracy Mincer stamp. Stuart finished nearly all the pipes produced, mostly carved and textured bowls and the occasional straight grain. Claude made the Tracy Mincer Pipe Company a moderate success. Stuart became ill and in 1990 The Tracey Mincer Pipe Company went out of business. Currently, Jim Tedesco owns the Tracy Mincer name.
 
Claude Stuart purchased the Tracy Mincer Pipe Company and began making pipes using the Tracy Mincer stamp. Stuart finished nearly all the pipes produced, mostly carved and textured bowls and the occasional straight grain. Claude made the Tracy Mincer Pipe Company a moderate success. Stuart became ill and in 1990 The Tracey Mincer Pipe Company went out of business. Currently, Jim Tedesco owns the Tracy Mincer name.
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<gallery widths=300 heights=200 caption="A pair of unsmoked circa 1940s Custom-Bilt Courtleys, courtesy Brian Robertson collection">
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Custom-Bilt-Courtleys.jpg
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=== The Pipes ===
 
=== The Pipes ===
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<gallery widths=400px heights=300 caption="Carved Custombilts, courtesy Racine & Laramie Tobacconist">
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File:Custombilt Bass.jpg|Bass carving
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File:Custombilt Horse.jpg|Horse Carving
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<gallery widths=250 heights=185 caption="Examples and details, courtesy Doug Valitchka">
 
<gallery widths=250 heights=185 caption="Examples and details, courtesy Doug Valitchka">
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''These reviews originally appeared in The Pipe Collector, the official newsletter of the American Pipe Collectors Society [http://naspc.org (NASPC)] and used by permission. It's a great organization--consider joining.''
 
''These reviews originally appeared in The Pipe Collector, the official newsletter of the American Pipe Collectors Society [http://naspc.org (NASPC)] and used by permission. It's a great organization--consider joining.''
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<gallery widths=250 heights=185 caption="The following Burly Briar, courtesy of Doug Valitchka, appears to be a Custom-Bilt brand or sub-brand">
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'''Note:''' If you have additional information about Burly Briar, please add it here or send it to sethile.pipes@gmail.com and we will add it for you. [https://pipesrevival.com/tag/custombilt-burly-briar/]
    
== A REVIEW BY TONY SODERMAN ==
 
== A REVIEW BY TONY SODERMAN ==

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