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.
Charatan Crown Achievement #45053DB
I think it's the best grained Charatan I've ever seen.  "Made by
Hand in City of London."  In the 1960's, a Crown Achievement
had a $4,000 price tag.  This specific "rare Crown
Achievement"  was featured with a full 1/2 page photo in the
Winter 2003 issue of "Pipes & Tobaccos" magazine.  It comes
in a fine, leather box.  What else you wanna know? Unsmoked.
6.5" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. $5000
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.
Peterson Shannon #45064
Oddly, I don't see any fills in this pipe & I'm trying to look
carefully.  Of course, I can be missing something, but it has a
light stain & Peterson isn't known for its subtlety.  The cond. is
exc., and with a normal stem, the draw is open.  It's a Grp. 5 size
& if you follow Peterson shapes, this is 106.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $60.
Charatan Selected #45085TT  (SOLD 5/8/19)
Classic, classic, classic.  This looks like the quintessential
Charatan Free Hand, doesn't it?  Plateau rim. Large enough for
my thumb to fit easily into the chamber,  straight grain petty
much all around the bowl, open draw.  It is in exc. cond, with the
Reg. # on the DC stem & the  "C's" hook going up into the "P."
6" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. Used.$150.
Peterson System Standard #45107 (SOLD 5/15/19)
Although this is just a Standard System pipe, it should have
extra appeal to the smoker, if only because of the wide-open
draw despite the P-lip.  As I've said before, "see...Peterson can
do it if they want to."  That aside, the blast evinces the presence
of branch wood, meaning the briar comes from the hard, outer
bart of the burl.  Expect, nay demand, a very good smoking ex-
perience from this pipe.  If that doesn't happen, you know who
to blame, God or Peterson, just not me.  There is a minor tooth
dent on the top of the stem near the button, but overall the pipe
is in exc. cond, with a crisp, clean rim.  Grp. 4 size, Grp. 3 bowl.
5.8" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $50/
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.
Charatan Distinction #45143TT
Typically large Charatan straight grain (Grp. 6) with all the
'necessities': the Lane "L" the "CP" logo on the stem (a bit
buffed down, but entirely legible) the DC stem.  The draw is
wide open & there is but a scant touch of a tooth mark on the
bottom of the stem.  Used.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. $95.
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.
1969 Dunhill Root #45138TT
The pipe is stamped Grp. 4, but the chamber diameter is large
enough for me to stick my thumb into.  The condition, as you
can see, is excellent with only some carbon residue on the inner
rim.  The stem is blemish-free (it could use a polishing) and the
draw is wide open.  Used.
5.3" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $245.
Hardcastle Special Selection #45204
This pipe is in 'near-new' cond. with an open draw & a bottom-of-
the bowl load of Bird's Eye.  As there is a 5 stamped on the bot-
tom of the bowl, I'm going to assume that means Grp. 5 size, but
don't make me take an oath on that.  That "Special Selection"
designation clearly comes from the quality of both the briar & the
grain.  I looked pretty carefully and see no fills.  Used.
5.25" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 58 grams. $65.
Sasieni Four Dot "Moorgate" #210296  (SOLD)
Excellent condition.  Near new is not wrong.  The stem is
pristine (but a bit oxidized) as is the rim and chamber.  The
carving on this rustic speaks for itself.  Used, I think.
5.2" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $110
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.
Charatan Executive #45147TT
Probably a Grp. 5 in overall size, but the bowl is tall & thin, so
the chamber's capacity is more like that of a Grp. 4.  The cond.
is very good, with just a hint of wear on the inner rim.  One very
tiny tooth mark is on the bottom of the stem and the "CP" stem
logo is entirely intace, as is the "L" in a circle on the shank.  A
"Made by Hand in City of London" is on the opposite side of the
shank. The straight grain quality warrants the grade. Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $115.
1933 Dunhill Root #821183  
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.
2002 Dunhill Dress #45172TT
Grp. 6 size in excellent condition, Actually, barely smoked. Used.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 64 grams. $325.
Peterson's System #45175
Shape #302 in Grp. 5 size.  the cond. is exc., & the draw is
fairly open.  Used.
6 1/8" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. $50.
Sasieni Four Dot "Cambridge"  #45194
I'm always tickled by Sasieni's use of quotes to set off their
proprietary shape names.  Why do they need to put them in
quotes?  This pipe, from the family era, is in exc. cond.  The
draw is wide-open & the cross grain is pretty good.  It's closer
to Grp. 5 in size than 4.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $85.
1912 AOC Calabash #45214AG
The "A" & the "O" undoubtedly stand for Adolph Oppenheimer,
which was an early London pipe company.  The hallmark on the
band is Birmingham's, just in case you want to look it up.  The
pipe is new, but the passage of time may have warranted a new
lining inside the gourd, which is how it looks, but everything is
so pristine, such as the lining inside the case (I should have
photographed it...it looks nearly new) that maybe it is the
original cork lining.  I get the impression from the pipe & the
case that it wasn't opened for about 70 years from date of
inception until the 1980's or so.  Inside the case, it says "AOC
Finest," which is also stamped on the pipe, along with "London
England."  Unsmoked. (I could hardly get away with "New.")
4.75" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 65 grams. $235.
Peterson Sherlock Holmes #45185TT (SOLD 5/20/19)
Near new this pipe is.  It was maybe smoked once, for a short
period.  The sterling band has a profile of Holmes.  The "P"
logo on the stem is in silver & draw is open, with no P-lip in
sight.  The hallmark indicates the date of production as 2000.  
5.1" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. Used. $85.
 
 
 
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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.
2003 Dunhill One Star DR #45127TT  (SOLD 5/13/19)
A quick check of the internet reveals very few available Dear
Roots and none of them had a gold band, nor were this size.
What does this mean in terms of you wanting to buy this pipe?
How the hell would I know.  If you are interested, it is a Grp. 6
size.  There is a very small tooth indent on the bottom of the
stem & a touch of wear on the inner rim.  The draw is wide open.
As regards that gold band, the stamping is so small that I can't
read the hallmark...although I seem to see either a "250" or a
"230" in there.  Used.
6.25" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 70 grams. $525.
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
1994 Dunhill Shell #45095TT
Although the nomenclature declares this to be the "Chicago
1994" commemorative pipe, with a gold band (how gold?  I
don't know...doesn't give a carat number. Anyhow, it's gold
colored; we can all agree on that) the salient feature is the
superb deep, hard and straight grain blast.  It is a Grp. 5 size
and the condition overall is quite good, although obviously it
was liked and thus smoked a lot, but well taken care of.  There
are two very small, very shallow tooth marks on the bottom of
the stem & a little tooth indent on the top button.  Certainly the
nomenclature is crips & clear.  1994 may have been the first
year of this latest run of Chicago pipe shows and 2019 may
have been the last.  I'm not betting on Pheasant Run to survive
based on what I saw of that resort this past May 2-6.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $265.
Comoy's Sandblast #210279SD
This pipe is not in concours condition, but it is in very fine
smoking condition.  I see that the butt end of the shank at the
stem may have suffered a little sanding.  But, with a little
cleaning up and chamber reaming, it will deliver the smoke of
an old Comoy's, which it is.  The stem is clearly older, and
original, with the 3 part "C."  There is only minor tooth chatter
on the stem bottom.  The nomenclature is quite clear.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. $75.
Pre-Transition Barling   (SOLD 5/15/19)
Shape #329 in Grp. 4 size.  The chamber of this pipe is in exc.
cond., but somebody played with the outer rim of the bowl, over
the shank.  I think the rim itself may have been topped, but it
looks good and the bowl is high enough.  Also, there is no logo
on the stem, so as good as the stem looks, it still might be a
replacement.   The nomenclature is clear.  All in all, this will
deliver a true, old Barling's smoke.  Used.
5.5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. $110.
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. $55.
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 Special   45090TT  (SOLD 5/11/19)
"Made by Hand in City of London" indicating a vintage pipe.
The "CP" has been buffed off what is clearly the original DC
stem. The pipe's overall cond. is exc., with no tooth marks on
the stem and only a little carbon residue on the rim.  It's a Grp.5
in size, based on the large capacity of the chamber, which can
take my thumb.  The draw is open.  Used.
5.9" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $50.
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
Charatan Grosvenor #45152TT
The cond. is exc., with a chamber large enough for my thumb.
Although this is not an original Charatan product, the blast is
certainly reminiscent of good, old blasts.  I was told that with the
new generation of Charatans, the hook on the "C" of the stem
logo doesn't go into the "P."  Here, the hood does go into the "P"
but maybe somebody found an old DC stem and managed to
fit it to this pipe.  Grp. 5 size.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $45.
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.
2001 Ashton XXX Pebble Grain #45265DW
Other than the inevitable carbon residue on the inner rim, this
pipe is in exc. cond.  Triple X makes it a Grp. 5 size, or even a
bit larger than that.  The nomenclature is crisp.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. $225.
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.
1996 Dunhill Shell #45167TT
This pipe is near-new.  It's a Grp. 6 size & the draw is wide-open.
It has a good, deep blast & the gold band (.750) is both hall-
marked and stamped with the "AD" denoting that it is an original
Alfred Dunhill band.  Used.
6 1/8 long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight:2 oz., 55 grams. $325.
Peterson's Mark Twain#45120TT
Besides the unabashed display of flaws and fills on the bowl,
the distinguishing feature of this Peterson is the quite decent
draw, always a pleasure in a P-lip pipe.  There is wear on the
inner chamber rim and small, very shallow tooth marks on the
stem top & bottom.  The nomenclature is buffed down a bit, but
it is all there and legible while the sterling band is clear and
sports a hallmarked year of 1980.  If this is an accurate reading
of the hallmark letter (an "0" leaning slightly left) this makes the
pipe an original production year piece. Grp. 5 size. used.
5.8" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 73 grams. $110.
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.
Willmer AAA Straight Grain  #210156
Clearly an early generation of Willmer as the tight straight grain
indicates.  It's a Grp. 7 size & the condition of the bowl,
chamber & rim are good.  The draw is open, but the stem is not
original.  It appears to be vulcanite, but I'm not certain.  Used
6 " long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz.,66 grams. $95.
Peterson's DeLuxe #45069 (SOLD 4/28/19)
With its fine cross grain/Bird's Eye pattern, this is certainly a Deluxe
but it is also quite small.  Grp. 2 size.  The draw is not good, either.
The cond. is exc. The band is sterling.  Used.
4.7" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $35.
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.
Orlik Special Straight Grain #21096SD
For one, you don't see many Orliks on the market, for whatever
reason.  They were certainly a popular enough pipe during
England's Hey Days as the preeminent pipe producing nation.
Two, when you do see an Orlik, it's very unlikely that it'll be a
Special Straight Grain.  This is a Grp. 3 size, with that one
touch of wear on the rim.  Otherwise, it's in exc. cond.  Used.
5.35" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 24 grams. $75.
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.
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
1967 Dunhill Shell #45189
This Grp. 4 is in near-new condition.  The inner rim of the
chamber is clean & crisp, as is the nomenclature.  The draw is
wide-open.  Used.
5.85" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. $325.