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Dr. Grabow pipes began with Louis B. Linkman († 1957), of the M. Linkman and Co. of Chicago in 1932 (Pat # 1 896 800). Linkman and Co. ceased producing the Dr. Grabow pipes around 1953. After this date the brand was owned by Henry Leonard and Thomas (HLT), Inc. of Queens, New York and produced by Sparta Pipes Inc.
In 1969, US Tobacco acquired Sparta Pipes and rights to Dr. Grabow.
Lane Ltd. acquired the Dr. Grabow property from US Tobacco. Lane Ltd. came under ownership of RJ Reynolds and British American Tobacco in about 2000.
Dr. Paul E. Grabow died in 1965 at age 97.
Production (2006): ~250,000 pipes/year
USA

Brands with clover, spade, heart logo

Linkman's

De Luxe
 

 (Upperside)

Linkman's, Dr Grabow [Metal circle]

(Left side)

Pat.No., 1896800

(Underside)

9906, De Luxe, Bruyere

 This pipe is estimated by its stampings to be from 1933-37 timeframe. The logo is the propeller pre-spade marking.

The earliest Dr. Grabow pipes are stamped with both Linkman's and Dr. Grabow, described as Bruyere, or Italian Briar.

Pre-1944 model names included the SPECIAL, the DELUXE (this pipe), and the SUPREME.

The Linkman's stamp was discontinued around 1944.

Linkman's Dr. Grabow pipes are also stamped with a 4-digit code indicating the model and shape.

See also : Linkman's

CDL

  Dr Grabow, CDL, Imported Briar

(Underside)

Dr Grabow, CDL, Imported Briar

The CDL line was test marketed from 1975 to 1983 in several U.S. cities. They never went into full production.

Commodore

  Commodore, Dr. Grabow, 11

De Luxe

 

 (Left side) Dr Grabow, De Luxe, Imported Briar
 (Right side) 9602C

Duke

 

  (Left side) Duke, Dr Grabow
The Duke line was introduced in 1969

Lark

 
 (Left side) Lark, Dr Grabow (Right side Imported Briar
The Lark line was introduced in 1969

Royal Duke

 

 

 (Left side) Royal Duke, Dr Grabow
The Royal Duke line was introduced in 1969

Savoy

 (Left side) Savoy, Dr Grabow   (Right side) Imported Briar

Starfire

(Left side)

Starfire

Dr. Grabow

(Right side)

Imported Briar, Ajustomatic

PAT. 2461905

True-Grain

 

 (Left side) Dr Grabow, True-Grain

(Underside) Imported Bruyere, Pat. No., 1896800
No model number markings.

 This pipe was probably made in the 1940 - 1953 Chicago period.

Van Roy

 

 

Viking

 
 (Underside) Dr. Grabow USA (In circle) Viking (Current model)
More infos here: Smoking Metal
See also: Viking (Bjarne)

Westbrook

 

 (Left side) Westbrook, Dr Grabow

 (Left side) Westbrook, Dr Grabow  

(Right side) Imported Briar, Ajustomatic, Pat. 2461905

One of the earliest pipes of the RJ Reynolds era.
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