LHS gets a bad wrap because most of what is seen on eBay are their “budget pipes.” LHS made pipes for every budget. From the $1 Filter King to the $25 Special Make. That was the equivalent of about $400 today. The Purex was about 3rd from the bottom in the grading system. Not the best grain, but no fills and well made. The push stem Sterncrest models are my favorite smokers.
Post a pic of your LHS if you don’t mind. I’d like to see it.
As usual Dave, an excellent job restoring that pipe. Thanks for the background info.
"Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose."~Sir Adrian
Funny, I just finished smoking it...and noticed that it was a 99...I see that the Purex used the same stinger as the Sterncrest. A pisser to get the smallest pipe cleaner through that tiny hole...had to open the hole with a tiny drill bit...not even noticeable.