Pre-Transition Barling Special #623265AG
It's a "Special" because of the fine cross grain that runs up &
down both sides of the bowl.  The shape # is a 3 digit "487" &
the size is an EXEL.  Besides being a
Special,  it also has the
Ye Olde Wood & T.V.F. designations.  The stem logo is almost
entirely buffed out, with only the merest vestiges visible, but it is
clearly there, declaring this to be an original stem.  On the rim is
a bit of normal carbon residue.  All-in-all, a fine example of good
old Barling briar.  Open draw.  Used.
5.5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $325.
Peterson Patent #1123143  (SOLD 2/3/19)
Not only does the stamping say "Patent" but it also says "Made
in Ireland," so it's clearly one of the fine throwback
reproductions that Peterson produces.  It is either unsmoked or
near-new.  Grp. 6 size.  Give Peterson credit; despite a very
large air hole in the tenon, and plenty of wood with which to
properly construct good airflow, the pipe still has a terrible draw.
6.5" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 75 grams. $150.
1970 Dunhill Bruyere 848 ODA
The size of this pipe leaves no question that it's an ODA.  The
F/T stem is original and in exc. cond. but there is wear on the
inner rim of the chamber.  The nomenclature is clearly legible,
but it has been buffed down and can't be called crisp.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $265.
Willmer Extra Grain AB #21037
The pipe is in exc. cond., and it does sit up, tilted back, on the
flat bottom of the shank.  For you historians, you can check to
see if this is the first time that an English pipe of note was
produced with an acrylic stem.  The chamber has a large
capacity, both wide and deep.  Used.
3.8" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 74 grams. $50.
1989 Dunhill Cumberland #1123267
There is a little wear on the inner rim of the bowl top, which only
serves to soften the look and in no way compromises the pipe.
The stem is in exc. cond. and the draw is open.  The pipe is a
Grp. 4, shape # 4108.  Used.
5.35" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1,5 oz., 45 grams. $150.
Peterson Royal Irish #1123281TT
Shape # XL02, which I mention because it seems to be a
favorite.  The pipe is Grp. 5 size.  Light stain and presumably
clean wood with a standard button providing an open draw.  The
condition is excellent and the band is sterling, but without a hall-
mark, so I can't give you the year of production  Used.
5.65" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 76 grams. $75.
Charatan Special #1123271TT
Larger than a Grp. 5, but maybe not quite so large as a 6.  I can
get my thumb into the chamber.  The cond. is exc., & it has both
the "CP" logo on the DC stem & the "L" stamped on the bottom
of the shank.  The draw is open & with the flat shank, it sits up.  
It is also stamped "Made by Hand" "City of London."
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. Used. $75.
Peterson's Premier #42449  (SOLD...I think)
Grp 3 size, in exc. cond., with an open draw & sterling ferrule.
4.4" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. Used.$75
1940 Pat. # Shell #42424RF
While on the phone recently with legendary pipe repair/restore
man Ronni B, we were talking about the historical value of col-
lecting WWII era pipes.  It does not appear to be a category that
attracts attention, although there are so many interesting,
diverse pieces that can be amassed.  As this does not have
a Pat. # that indicates it was made in the U.S., it must have been
made in England...during the Blitz?  This is a historically
significant pipe and in exc. cond.  It's a Grp. 3.  Dig it.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 5/8 oz., 19 grams. $450.
Ashton XX Pebble Grain #1112127 (SOLD 11/2/18)
Silly me, I forgot to photograph the other side of the bowl.  No
matter, really, on this well grained sandblast.  The briar is
clearly hard and the blast displays tight grain all around.  The
cond. is exc. for both stem, bowl & chamber.  It's a Grp. 4 in size
& the draw is open.  I think it's from 1992, 'cause there's a "12"
after the "England," but there's also an extra 2 before the "12.
5.75" long, bowl 1.4" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grans. Used. $145
Comoy's Blue Riband #424114GL
This pipe needs an experienced, gentle smoker.  While the rim
and most of the chamber are in very good condition, it has
been smoked hot.  If poorly treated, it could burn through.  If
treated carefully, it will last indefinitely.  The stem is a
replacement & the draw is open.  The taste is clean...it was not
subjected to aromatics or even latakia.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 34 grams. $45.
Barling #1123011BT (SOLD 12/3/18)
I forgot to photograph the other side of the bowl.  I wouldn't
concern myself about it if I were you.  It's no more or less spec-
tacular than the side you can see.  I mean, it's not a spectacular
pipe, is it?  It's fine, and will provide fine smokes.  The shape #
is 4635, with a Script "Barling."  It's a Grp. 5 size in exc. cond.,
although the stem logo is missing (buffed off?).  Used.
5.4" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. $35.
Northern Briars Rox Cut Regal 4 #821164 (SOLD 1/17/19)
Grp 4 size with open draw and in the handsome style of English
classic shapes.  The way the slit is cut in the button of the stem,
acrylic appears to be the stem material, although it looks & feels
like vulcanite to me.  The pipe is unsmoked.  New.
6.25" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $165.
Askwith Morta #112353AC
A large Morta, with a wide-open draw and in near-new cond.  I
think it was smoked once.  The chamber is deed, obviously, but
because the walls are so thick (over 4/10") the tobacco capa-
city is not overwhelming.  Doesn't both the morbid name of the
wood and the color demand some spice?  Askwith does it here
with his stemwork.  That yellow, and black horizontal linear
pattern adds a wonderfully balancing touch to the strong vertical
aspect of the bowl.  The English aren't completely dead.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.75" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 73 grams. $225.
Peterson DeLuxe #1123157TT (SOLD 1/13/19)
From the hallmark, I believe this is a year 2000 pipe.  The
cond. is exc., and it is shape 2S.  There is no "P" on the stem
and I'm not sure why that is.  It's rather clearly an original stem.  
Perhaps they consider this one of their throwback models, to
when there was no "P" on the stem.  The band is sterling &
while there are little scratch marks on the bowl, there are no fills
in the briar.  It's at least a Grp. 5 in size.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $75.
1933 Dunhill Root #821183  (RESERVED)
What a pain in the ass to describe.  First of all, I don't see any
crack in the inside of the shank, so the repair band is for the
crack that goes along mostly the top of the shank on the
outside.  Then, the guy that owned this pipe, a Dr. Orahood as I
understand it, etched his name on the shank, as was his wont
with all the pipes he owned, essentially ruining them for anyone
else.  Ach, dem doctors.  Enough, precious little, of the patent
number is visible for me to determine the date of production, but
the stem is not original, although it still has tooth marks on the
top & bottom of the stem...none deep enough to compromise
the stem's stability.  Happily, the rim and chamber are in good,
original condition.  BTW, what is left of the nomenclature is
buffed down, but legible.  Use of a lens is suggested.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 37 grams.  $135.
 
 
 
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Ferndown Spigot 3 Star #112314TT (SOLD 1/10/19)
Why did I bother photographing and then posting the front of this
bowl?  There's nothing to see behind this dark stain.  It's a Grp. 7
size, and my thumb does fit into the chamber, despite thick walls.
The draw is open and there are minor dings on the bowl.  New.
5.9" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 3 oz., 84 grams. Unsmoked. $325
Barling Pre-Transition EXEXEL #82151
The bowl & inner chamber are in very good cond.  The same can-
not be said about the stem, or even the nomenclature.  There are
bite marks on the top & bottom of the stem, & although they're not
deep, they are fairly numerous.  Nor has the logo been allowed to
remain on the stem (which does, however, seem to be original).  
Despite being buffed down, all the nomenclature is legible & the
shape number of the pipe is 276.  used.
6.5" long, bowl 2.15" tall. Weight:  2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $175.  
2003 Dunhill Cumberland #62398
Cumberland, or Shell, it makes no difference...As there's no
smooth top that signifies a real Cumberland (by my definition)
this can be looked at as a Shell with a dark brown stain and a
brindle stem.  It's nice.  Wide-open draw, when the metal tube is
removed, Grp. 4 size (shape 4103).  New.
5.5" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 33 grams. $375.
1960 Dunhill Tanshell #821329
A Grp 4 in exc. cond, with a crisp inner rim showing only a little
carbon residue but no wear.  The nomenclature is also clear.
The stem is mark-free & the draw is open.  Used.
5.45" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 37 grams. $350.
Upshall B "FH" & "HC" #227268KM
This might be the elephant in the room.  It is that large. the B
grade is higher than their standard, high quality, P grade & the
grain reflects that.  I don't know what the "HC" stands
for...maybe 'hand cut?'  The condition is excellent, with no wear
on the rim (a little inevitable carbon residue) & no marks on the
stem.  "Extra Large" is stamped on the shank, but that seems
like rather superfluous information to anyone but Paul Bunyan.
7.7" long, bowl 3.4" tall.  Weight: 4 oz., 114 grams. Used. $225.
Barling's Make Ye Olde Wood #26753
The bowl, the rim, the chamber, the nomenclature are all in
exc. cond.  The shape # is a 3 digit 233 and the size is
stamped as EL.  It's about the size and shape of a Dunhill LB.  
The draw is wide-open, but the stem is almost assuredly new,
and the stem logo is definitely newly minted.   Vulcanite. Used
6" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. $225.
1963 Dunhill Tanshell #1123186
The far side of the rim was abused with a lighter, no doubt, &
the chamber needs reaming (it'll be done before the pipe goes
out) & it is stamped Grp. 3, but that's because of the length of
the shank...the chamber capacity is more like a Grp. 2, I think.
5.3" long, bowl 1.6" tall  Weight: 3/4 oz., 22 grams. Used. $145.
1981 Dunhill Root Briar #112335
Grp. 4 in size and in nearly-new condition (although there is a
little black line on the rim, over the shank, that comes from I
don't know where.  It's clearly not from a burn...maybe from a
Sharpie?  Also, below that, on the bowl, a little ding in the wood)
with good Bird's Eye and cross grain.  The draw is open, but
you do have to bend the tip of the cleaner to get it to easily go
through to the chamber bottom, even with the stem out.  Used.
4.8" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz, 42 grams. $235
1990 Dunhill Shell #1123256  (SOLD 2/7/19)
It's stamped Grp. 4 (with a shape # of 4403, but it could also be
considered a Grp. 5.  The cond. is exc., and the stem button is
near-new.  The draw is open & although the blast is not deep, it
shows to have been hewn from hard briar.  Used.
5.9" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $150.
BBB #1123219 (SOLD 1/30/19)
The shape of the stem button marks this as a 'tween the wars
briar.  The stamping is minimal, a "BBB" on the sterling band &
a "BBB" on the shank.  No country of origin stamp, strongly
suggesting that this was sold in its home country, England.  The
cond. is exc., especially for its age, with almost no wear and
very little carbon residue on the rim.  The stem, too has barely
a hint of use.  Grp. 3 size, with open draw.  A collector's gem.
6 1/8 oz., long, bowl 1.3" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 30 grams. $135.
Charatan Executive #112352TT
There is that little wear on that inner rim of the chamber, but all
the other components of a straight grain Charatan are in place,
including the "L" and the "CP" stem logo.  Grp. 5 size, with
plenty of wood on the bowl, again a feature typical of most
free hand Charatans.  Great smoke.  Wide-open draw.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $95.
Barling Guinea Grain #424-83
A touch of wear is visible at one part of the inner bowl rim,
and the logo on the stem is freshly stamped.  The "Barling"
is in script; family era Guinea Grains employ a "Barling's,"
with an apostrophe 's'.  The 4 digit shape number is 5294
so the conclusion is that this is post family production.   It
appears to be a Grp. 4 in size with a wide-open draw.  Used.
5.25" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight:1oz., 27 grams. $65.
Charatan Distinction #821309TT
As for condition, the pipe is unsmoked, and as for pedigree, it
has the Lane "L" on the shank, plus "Made by Hand in City of
London."  Grp. 6 size, with a chamber diameter large enough for
me to put my thumb into.  The draw is wide-open. New.
5.9" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $195.
Charatan Executive #112393TT
The inner rim of the chamber has but a touch of carbon residue
(which should buff out easily) but there is a little ding on the
outer part of the rim.  The D.C. stem has the merest hint of
tooth chatter, all of which is to say that this pipe is in very good
cond.  It has the Lane "L" and the "CP" on the stem has been
buffed severely down, but is not entirely gone.  You can see it.  
It's a large Grp. 5 size, or even a 6.  The draw is open and the
inside of the chamber has barely been smoked.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 45 grams. $95.
Dunhill Shell Shape #10882CO
The shape # is 3205, so this must have sold as a Grp. 3 in size,
but it is clearly a full-fledged 4, so right away, you're a leg up if
you get this Dunhill.  In fact, I can almost fit my thumb into the
chamber.  The year of production, stamped after the "England"
is blurry, but I'm going to guess it's a 1998.  At any rate, it's
from the '90's and is unsmoked, with the tube still in the shank.
Even with the tube in, the draw is wide-open.  Thick walls &
nice, pronounced blast, too.  New.
5.65" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 37 grams. $315
James Upshall P #1123180
With the exception of some little dings & scratches this Grp. 5
Bulldog is in exc. cond. with a wide-open draw.  The vulcanite
stem looks pristine and the "JU" logo is fully intact.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 45 grams. $85.
Charatan Free Hand Relief #1123138TT (SOLD 1/13/19)
Charatan must have had tons & tons of fabulous briar (as can
be seen when Upshall & Willmer started producing pipes from
what I'm guessing was old Charatan stock) so that, unlike
Dunhill, who made the various shades of sandblasted pipes,
Charatan used the smaller, but still fill-free blocks for their
smooth, lower-end grades, like Belvedere, Authentic, etc.  When
they did decide to sandblast, they used large ebauchons &
produced the Free Hand Relief line, which could easily compete
with the Dunhill Shell in terms of quality, depth and character
of the blast.  Here's another fine example.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. $85.
1963Dunhill Shell #82138
It's a Grp. 4 and the chamber rim is crisp, as is the nomencla-
ture.  There is some very minor tooth chatter on the stem.
4.5" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. $325.
Peterson's Irish Whiskey #1123248TT  (RESERVED)
Nicely sandblasted, but marred by a large fill near the heel of
the bowl and a bite mark on the bottom of the stem (visible in
the photo showing the bottom of the pipe).  Shape #120 & Grp.
5 size with an open draw, so we know it can be done with a P-lip
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. Used. $35.
Pre-Transition Barling's Special EXEL #101470AG
The pipe shape # is 447 and the residue of the original stem is
visible.  Also, the cond. is exc., with a very clean stem and bowl
rim.  If there is any drawback to this pipe, I think that the thick-
ness of the wall is not in proper proportion the the diameter of
the chamber.  I would guess that the pipe might thus smoke
hot.  Yet, the pipe is used and there is no hot, or dark, spots on
bowl, so one can presume it does not smoke hot.  
5.5" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $175
BBB #89-024SR
The stamping on the band does not add up to a hallmark date,
so I don't know the exact year of this pipe, but the hole at the
end of the stem indicates a very old pipe, as does the sold
"BBB" stamped on the shank, without any other identifying info.
It is a Grp. 2 in size.  Other than the wear on the rim, the pipe is
in excellent cond.  You can see the diamond outline of the BBB
logo on the stem, but the letters have been buffed off. Used.
5" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. $135.
1986 Peterson Gold Spigot #117176AG
Grp. 5 in excellent condition with an open draw and no marks on
the stem at all.  Fine, deep blast and well hallmarked.  Interest-
ingly, there is no nomenclature stamped on the briar.  Used.
6.25" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $275.
1969 Dunhill Root #1123276
It's a Grp. 3, so it's not large, but it isn't small, either.  You can
see the little wear on the rim, but the chamber is in fine cond.  
The stem is a bit perplexing.  I think it's a replacement, but a
good one, in vulcanite and with a good dot.  However, if I had to
guess, I'd say that the original dot placement was a tiny bit more
toward the shank.  About 4mm worth.  But what do I know?  Used.
5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 31 grams. $135.
2000 Dunhill Cumberland #821267CO (SOLD 12/27/18)
This pipe has barely been smoked, however, I noticed cracks in
the chamber, most likely due to a hot first smoke and not
because of an incipient burnout.  To protect you, my revered
customer, I smoked this pipe and it does not smoke hot & is not
burning out.  (It tastes like crap, but that's another story.  It's to
be expected from recent Dunhills).  Also, it can take a 9mm
filter, so it may have been made for the German market.  The
rim and nomenclature are crisp and clean, the draw is
wide-open and the blast sharp.  It's a Grp. 6 and my thumb fits
easily into the tobacco chamber.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 64 grams. $150.
1982 Dunhill Root Briar #227179
This is a Grp 4, with shape #41022.  With just a little turning the
pipe cleaner went through to the bottom of the chamber.  For
a basic Dunhill, there is a lot of good straight grain & no bad
grain.  The draw is open.  The condition is New.
5.5" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $445.
Charatan Selected #821140  (SOLD)
The nomenclature on the shank is buffed way down, but the "L"
is clearly visible, as are the other indicators of grade, such as
"Selected" & "F.H."  The "CP" on the stem is not visible.  Or
maybe a slight residue of it is...hard to tell if it's part of the logo
or just some lines on the stem.  There are indications of tooth
work on the stem, but barely noteworthy.  The inner rim shows
minor signs of wear, but the overall smokability of this Grp 6 size
briar is not compromised at all.  It should perform very well. Used
6 1/8" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 45 grams. $95.
1999 Dunhill Shell #1123238TT (SOLD 2/7/19)
Not a lot need be said about this pipe; it's in exc. cond. with all
elements being crisp & clean.  It's a Grp. 5, shape #5203.  Used.
5.9" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $150.
Peterson 2001 Limited Edition 327306CO
Handsome, but be careful when holding it while smoking 'cause
that silver rim will get hot.  It's a Grp 5 in size with an open draw
& solid grain all around, with good Bird's Eye on the flat bottom
(the pipe does sit).  As you can see, it comes with a good
looking wood stand.  There is a little dent on the rim. Used.
5.45" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 73 grams. $165.
Charatan Executive #1123133TT (SOLD 1/12/19)
Grp 6 size, in v. good cond., with the "L" and "CP" logo on the
stem.  My only concern is the wall thickness at the very bottom
of the chamber.  However, it's a well used pipe and there is no
darkening, which would indicate excess heat, so I'm probably
being unnecessarily fearful.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. $85.
Northern Briars Premier 5 #821154
The size of the pipe is what first grabs your attention.  It's a
Grp. 7 size, with very thick walls, & solid grain all around the
bowl. As there is a '12' stamped on the shank, I take that to
mean the pipe was made in 2012.  It is still unsmoked.  New.  
6" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 76 grams. $185.
2002 Dunhill Shell #821319TT  (SOLD 11/1/18)
That wide, engraved silver band suggests, to me, a
commemorative of some kind, but there is no indication of that
other than in my imagination.  The band has the "AD" stamp as
well as the dated hallmark.  It is a Grp. 5 in v. good cond., with
just very shallow, small tooth marks on the stem, one on top &
one on the bottom.  The draw is open, as it should be. Used.
5.9" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $175.
Pre-Transition Barling's Bird's Eye #82163
The Birds Eye designation in a Pre-Trans Barling is uncommon.
That's on the plus side for this pipe.  The band covers 3
fissures, the stem's logo does not appear to be original to my
untrained eye, so neither does the stem itself.  The nomencla-
ture is buffed down, but it's all there and legible.  The rim &
chamber are used, but have plenty of life left.  The draw is wide-
open & the size is a Grp. 5, or at least a large 4.  Used.
5.8" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $95.
Ashton LX Old Church #424-93CO
Handsome & large with a silver ferrule that has both a sterling
hallmark and an "A" on it for Ashton.  The nomenclature has
something unique to me...a "JC" for Jim Craig, I'm sure.  This
is a Bill Ashton era pipe, but Jim was the working apprentice at
the time, as I understand it.  My thumb fits easily into the
chamber.  The draw is open and the pipe is unsmoked.  New.
7" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 80 grams. $325
Charatan Free Hand Relief #8901 (SOLD 1/13/19)
Grp. 7 in size with a great, deep blast.  The way the rim is cut, it
almost looks as though there's an insert in the chamber, but I do
not think that's the case, unless the carver decided he cut the
chamber too large and then put in a briar insert.  In any case,
the previous owner liked the pipe and smoked it a lot, yet
preserved it so that all is intact, with clear nomenclature, a  stem
without tooth marks and a "CP" that is still visible, plus the Lane
"L" logo on the shank bottom.  The draw is wide-open. Used.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $85.
Charatan Supreme #82122
A legitimate Supreme, in all respects, including size, the "L," an
open draw and the grain quality.  There is a hint of tooth chatter
on the stem.  The dark spot on the plateau rim is not char, but
just some carbon residue.  Used.
6 5/8" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 81 grams. $395.