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.
"/ PRIVATE COLLECTION"
"HAND MADE IN DENMARK"
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.
|x0x grading system||101||202||404||606||808|
|Early letter grading system||A||B||C||?||D|
Letter and x0x systems may coexist on the same pipe.