Like Troy I love these older Yello-Bole pipes. This article gives some helpful insight into dating the brand. After reading this I contacted Troy about one I am working on. Great work on this one Troy. It is a thing of beauty!
I picked up this early 2851 Yello -Bole off Ebay. I happened to scan my Yello-Bole search before i went off to work the and saw it as a “Buy it Now” for just a few dollars, so i grabbed it. It looked worse than it was. The finish was totally toast but the pipe was not beat up and the stamping’s looked excellent.
51’s are a favorite KB&B shape of mine, i really like a short stemmed straight billiard . I own a Kaywoodie four digit 5051 push stem and its by far my best and favorite Kaywoodie smoker. I had been on a lookout for a nice Yello-Bole 51 shape and this one fit the bill nicely. The “Honey Cured Briar” dates the pipe between 1933-1936. The 2851 numbers break down as,
28 KB&B Yello-Bole, dark finish, push tenon, black vulcanite stem (1932-1940’s)
51 Medium billiard…
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