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Preben Holm's Private Collection

The "Private Collection" pipes are Preben Holm's most coveted pieces. They were crafted by the artisan himself from the late 1970's to the end of his career in 1986.

"PREBEN HOLM"

(Block letters or signature)

Additional stampings

"/ PRIVATE COLLECTION"

Gradings

(Letter and /or x0x)

"HAND MADE IN DENMARK"

C5

The stampings on the shanks are always displayed in the same order (see right). Information in white is systematically stamped, the one in grey is optional.

"Additional stampings" may sometimes occur under the carver's name (ie: "Traditional", "Fancy", "9m/m", ...)

The "C5" stamping appears on pipes distributed in the USA by CAO who took over distribution from Lane Ltd. in 1985. This distinguishing stamping was to avoid warranty issues with pipes that were not of CAO's distribution.

Gradings: The early Private Collection series were graded with 4 letters (ascending): A, B, C and D. Those letters may be encircled (older markings) or not.

x0x grading system 101 202 404 606 808
           
Early letter grading system A B C ? D

Later, a "x0x" 5 tiers grading system was introduced (ascending): 101, 202, 404, 606 and 808.

Letter and x0x systems may coexist on the same pipe.

Signature stem logo

Stem logo:

Nearly all pipes of Preben Holm's Private Collection sport the carver's signature on their stem. It may sometimes be worn and in a very few cases it may be missing (replacement stem?). But Preben Holm's logos with the PH initials do not originally occur on Private Collection pipes.

"x0x" grading system

808

Private Collection 808

 

Remarks:

  • Brand: PREBEN HOLM in block letters
  • Additional stampings: TRADITIONAL
  • Gradings: The 808 (or D) is the very top of the line.
  • C5: pipe distributed by CAO posterior to 1985.

606

Private Collection 606

 

Remarks:

  • Brand: PREBEN HOLM in block letters
  • NO additional stampings
  • NO "C5" stamping

404

Private Collection 404

 

Remarks:

  • Brand: PREBEN HOLM in block letters
  • NO additional stampings

202

Private Collection 202

 

Remarks:

  • Brand: PREBEN HOLM signature
  • NO additional stampings
Private Collection B-202

 

Remarks:

  • Brand: PREBEN HOLM in block letters
  • Additional stampings: TRADITIONAL
  • Gradings: Both letter grade (B) and x0x grade (202) stamped.

101

Private Collection 101

 

Remarks:

  • Brand: PREBEN HOLM in block letters
  • The slash (/) preceeding the P of "Private" seems to be lacking
Private Collection 101

Remarks:

  • Brand: PREBEN HOLM signature
  • NO additional stampings
  • NO "C5" stamping
Early letter grading

Grade D

Private Collection grade D

 

Remarks:

  • Brand: PREBEN HOLM in block letters
  • Gradings: encircled D

Grade C

Not yet available

Grade B

Private Collection grade B

 

Remarks:

  • Brand: PREBEN HOLM in block letters
  • Gradings: B (not encircled)

Grade A

Private Collection grade A

 

Remarks:

  • Brand: PREBEN HOLM in block letters
  • Gradings: encircled A
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