Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

Phone/Fax:
(650) 965-7403
Email:
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Dal Fiume Straight Grain Dublin 4 Knuckles E06 #9636
Tight s/g pretty much all around, in a natural finish that would
certainly reveal flaws, if there were any.  I just looked at this
pipe under a magnifying glass and noticed an "E" stamped on
the bowl.  That may be a grade.  I bought the pipes, as I always
do, on their intrinsic merit, rarely looking at grade.  Some
people need grades to tell them what a pipe is.  After this many
years in the hobby, I don't really pay much attention to that,
except as it may inform my customers.  At this point, I can only
guess that an E is a high grade.  We'll see as we go along. New
6 3/4" long, bowl 1 7/8" high: Weight;1.32 oz., 37.6 grams. $325
Ser Jacopo R1 #11773
Grp. 6, or even larger, with briar going back to old,ivory dot
logo.  No only is the draw open, but with S bend like this a pipe
cleaner still goes right to the bottom of the chamber.  The stem
is acrylic and aside from that touch of wear on the inner rim, the
condition is excellent.  Used.
5.65" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz.,, 72 grams. $75.
1989 Castello 4K Collection #525025
With lots of tight straight grain almost surrounding the chamber,
and a rim full of nothing but Bird's Eye, this is a true 'Collection.'
There are some minor dings on the bottom of the bowl, as if the
pipe fell onto pebbles, and there are also tooth marks on the
stem...quite minor.  The pipe is a Grp. 5 in size & the draw is
wide open.  The nomenclature is all legible, but buffed down
quite a bit.  Used.
5.5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $225.
Castello 3K Trademark #924166BK
If, as some suspect, I am the pipe whisperer, this old Trademark
(it has the U.S. logo on it and also its shape # of 63) has that
special patina that, for me, portends an extra terrific smoke,
which is saying something for a Castello.  Wide-open draw,
construction that allows a cleaner to easily pass, uncoated bowl.
5.4" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. $365.
Il Duca 3B #8030283
Max created both a new, slightly asymmetrical, shape and a
new finish, burning, or burnishing, a reddish sandblast stain.
The pipe is Grp. 5 size, or even a tad larger.  The draw is open
and the brindle stem is vulcanite.  The drilling is spot on.  The
trim may be Boxwood; I'm not sure.  New.
5.9" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 3 oz., 84 grams. $432.
Castello 2K Old Antiquari #8214525
As one of my customers noted, the Castello that was once
considered a very high, perhaps overpriced, pipe now has to be
seen as providing great value for the quality.  New. Price: $370
5.6" long, bowl 1.6" high.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams.  
Ser Jacopo R1 #11770 (RESERVED JC)
This pipe was made from older wood, and sports the old Ser
Jacopo logo, prior to the silver J.  It's large, maybe a big Grp. 5
& has a briar trim on the tenon as a sort of wooden spigot.  The
cond. is exc. and the stem is acrylic.  The draw is open.  
Used.5.4" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 74 grams. $85.
Il Duca Barone 3 Morta #8030245
A bit of a stubby fellow, with the drilling right on the bottom of
the chamber, a wide-open draw and the happy ability to take a
pipe cleaner through with just a little bending of the tip of the
cleaner.  The trim is Leopard Wood, I think and the stem is a
well crafted vulcanite...thin and very comfortable.  New.
4.35" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 2 1/4 oz., 64 grams. $432.
Castello 3G Old Antiquari 1130623
When a pipe seller sees a great version of a shape, any shape,
he is almost obligated to buy it.  That is why I acquired this
piece from Castello.  it is big and beautiful.  My thumb fits tightly
into the chamber, the walls are thick & the draw is wide-open,
7.25" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $660
Il Duca 3B Morta #8030274
I don't remember the name of the exotic wood trim on this pipe,
but perhaps it's Leopard Wood.  It is short, but the bowl
capacity is at least Grp. 4 in size.  The draw is wide-open and
the flat, vulcanite stem is exceedingly comfortable.  new.
4.4" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $432.
Comoy's Tintoretto #824109
The shank proclaims that the pipe was styled by Lorenzo, and
made in Italy.  Why it needs to have a Comoy's name on it, I
can't imagine.  What I can imagine, knowing where many, if not
most, if not all, Lorenzo pipes are made, is that it was made not
in Italy, but rather in Albania.  Just sayin'.  It's a Group 5 size
with an open draw.  It has a fill that looks like Lake Oneida in
N.Y. but in fact is marginally smaller. Vulcanite stem.  Unsmoked
6" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $45.
Baldo Baldi #1021260
Quite large, as many of Baldo's pipes are.  The grain is note-
worthy, again, as is the case with many of Baldo's pipes.  Alas,
despite a thick shank, somebody managed to crack it, so you
do see a repair band.  I think the pipe still looks fine, but that's
me; you have to judge for yourself.   Acrylic stem. Used.
6.25" long, bowl 2.6" tall.  Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 87 grams. $275.
Don Carlos #1130190
This is a Grp. 6 in size, with a chamber almost 9/10 in diameter.
A cleaner goes right through, to what is as close to a perfect
placement in the true bottom of the chamber as is possible.  I
do not believe in perfection, so you will only see me use that
word when there is no room to otherwise describe an excellent
job.  Lots of adornments and embellishments here, but it is not
a true spigot as what goes into the shank is a standard tenon
and not metal.  The stem button is wide, but also flat & comfy.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams.  New. $295.
Castello Great Line #803761
Unless it's the plateau rim, I don't understand why this is a
Greatline and not, say, a Fiammata.  Well, it's a small Greatline.
5.5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. Price: $760
Castello 4K Trademark #824275
This Trademark is well grained all around and has that nice
touch of plateau on the inner part of the rim.  It is probably a
Grp. 5, but seems like a 4 because Italian pipes are so large.
The draw is open and always note the uncoated chamber.  It
was too appealing and irresistible not to buy and offer.  New.
5.25" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $480.
Castello 4K Sea Rock with Pi #121230 (SOLD 1/12/17)
It's a large enough Grp. 5 that I can squeeze my thumb into the
chamber.  The draw is wide-open and with a little twist, but no
bending necessary, a cleaner goes through to the chamber.  In
case there is any question, the other side of the bowl duplicates
the side you're looking at, so no use in wasting perfectly good
space on showing you the same thing.  New.
5.5" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $360.
Ser Jacopo Gepetto #1012257
I'm always a sucker for well-made Panels and this one has 8
sides, thick walls and the open draw you would expect from a
top grade pipe maker.  Did I mention this is a large pipe?  Not
huge, but plenty large.  
6" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2 1/4 oz., 65 grams. Price: $210
Il Ceppo #308037JJ
I'll be posting a half dozen Il Ceppo pipes this segment, and
pardon me if I repeat myself in saying what an underrated pipe
it is.  They consistently have some of the finest grained
sandblasts in the field.  They use top notch, well aged briar and
are made and overseen by just one artisan, Franco Rossi.  The
problem?  Possibly the name, which may suggest "cheap" to
some (it simply refers to the briar burl from which pipes are
made) or the unfortunately large, and to some reversed "C"
logo on the stem.  In any case, My thumb fits into this bowl.
5.9" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 70 grams. Price: $275.
Castello Collection K from 40th Year #1224160
There are at least two unusual aspects to this pipe, from my
vantage.  One is that for a Collection grade, the grain is very
mediocre, although the briar is exceedingly clean...I'll grant that.
Next is the perspex stem, which has no logo on it.  On a new
pipe, it's unlikely to be a replacement ..why would someone put
this stem on, given the opportunity to put on something else?
5.95" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. New. $365
Ser Jacopo Gepetto #1012074
Well constructed, with thick chamber walls and a wide-open
draw, this pipe shows off a nice, long oval shank.  If you have
not heard (and I'm writing this 11/14/12) Giancarlo Guidi, the
founder and guiding light of Ser Jacopo all these years, died
recently.  He was one of the most thoughtful and creative
of the Italian pipe makers.  I do think the company will carry on
but something, maybe a lot, will be missing.  The regular price
for this pipe should be $250, but we are offering it at a discount.
6.75" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $210
Il Duca C3 #215132
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It is hardest to get straight grain on a Billiard, so this starts off
being a fairly rare pipe.  That slight forward cant of the bowl
gives it extra panache.  The draw is wide-open and the
uncoated chamber add to the desirability, at least in my eyes,
as does the brindle stem.  New.
6 1/4" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $470.
1990 Savinelli Pipe of the Year #1224446 (SOLD)
Not only blessed with an open draw, this 1/2 bent pipe takes a
cleaner to the chamber with a crimp of the cleaner's tip. The
cond. is exc.  It's a Grp. 5.  It has a flat bottom and while it doesn't
sit up, it doesn't fall over, either, leaning back on the stem to stay
upright.  Acrylic stem & smoked.
5.5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $75.
1985 Savinelli Pipe of the Year #1224480 (SOLD 2/6/17)
I'm calling this series Pipe of the Year (POY) even though it
doesn't explicitly say so on either the plate or the nomencla-
ture on the bottom of the bowl.  The stamping simply says
"Savinelli 1985 Italy."  The ring grain on this bent palen is eye
catching.  The cond. is very good, with just a minor tooth indent
on the stem bottom.  A cleaner goes right to the chamber. Used
5.65" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $75.
Ser Jacopo Maxima #1012098
Although there is plenty of room in which to grasp the bowl
without having your hand touching the silver cap, I would still be
concerned about burning myself.  So you have to weigh the
attractiveness of the pipe and the smoking quality of a Ser
Jacopo with the occasional expletive when the skin touches
heated silver.  
5.9" long, bowl 2.55" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 81 grams. $395
Ser Jacopo Maxima #1012102
Quite a comfortable size for a Maxima.  it's large, and you can
wrap your hand  (or at least some of its fingers) around the
bowl but it doesn't come off as an unwieldy size.  The draw is
open, the draft hole on the bottom of the chamber and you can
expect the same great smoke Ser Jacopo pipes tend to provide.
6" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 62 grams. Price: $315
Don Carlos #1130174
A Grp. 5 in size, but with thick walls (I apologize...I forgot to
photograph from the top down.  The bowl is uncoated and the
rim is rusticated in the same way as the rest of the pipe).  A very
flat, comfortable acrylic stem with a wide-open draw.  I should
mention that due to the thick chamber walls, the chamber
diameter is not large.  Despite the bent, a pipe cleaner goes
smoothly through to the bottom of the, where the air hole is
properly drilled.  This is a beautifully constructed pipe.  New.
5.5" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams.  $150.
Castello Old Antiquari G #1021193
Would you call the shape of this bowl an Egg?  I'm so pleased
that photos mean I don't have to describe the way each pipe
looks, as I did when I first started on this end of the business in
1977 and my mailer consisted of nothing but words.  Now, I just
have to pick great looking pipes, like this one, and show it you.
4.55" long, bowl 2.45" tall.  Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 87 grams. $500.
Il Duca 2B Morta #8030254
This is a true Pudgy.  it is short and slightly fat.  Saying that, I
had a cute little girlfriend through the 6th grade who was
nicknamed "Pudge," and I suppose she was. We moved away
but I met her years later when we were about seniors in high
school.  She had turned into an absolute gorgeous young
woman.  When I re-introduced myself, in a friendly way, she
about totally snubbed me.  Guess I didn't develop quite as
nicely.  Wide open draw.  Vulcanite, brindle stem. New.
4.2" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $350
Don Carlos #1224377JJ (RESERVED RH)
Although it doesn't seem it, cause it's compact and light, the
chamber is large enough for me to get my thumb into.  The
draw is wide-open and maybe best of all, the chamber is not
coated.  OK, the real best of all is the price, which is a full $100
below standard.  This is simply a super deal.  Lucite stem. New.
6.25" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 49 grams. $150.
Castello "Castello" 4K #924184
Big, beautiful and beautifully executed Canadian that typifies
the kind of pipe that vaulted Castello to its position as the
premier Italian pipe.  Larger than a Grp. 6 with a chamber into
which I can almost fit my thumb.  (Hey, my right thumb goes in
and my left thumb doesn't.  How about that?)  Wide-open draw.
5.9" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. New. $445.
Don Carlos #1023187
Not a huge pipe by any means, but with a large capacity
chamber into which I can fit my thumb, although the walls of the
chamber are plenty thick enough.  The acrylic stem is flat and
comfortable.  I am coming to the conclusion that the Don Carlos
stem represents the most comfortable of all the acrylic stems.  
A wide-open draw & properly drilled/placed air hole.  New.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. $199.
Il Ceppo #123161JJ
With the virgin stain (if there's any stain on the pipe at all)
nothing is hidden by this sandblast.  The chamber is almost
large enough to fully take my thumb, and the draft hole is
where it should be, at the bottom of the bowl.  Light weight, too.
6.15" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. New. $395.
Il Ceppo Grade 5 #123149JJ
Drilled right on the mark, and with a wide-open draw.  The grain
you can seer.  The chamber capacity is like a Group 5 in size,
and no bowl coating to deal with.  New pipe.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $605.
Castello 4K Trademark #1021198BK
For many years, the Trademark was released with a reddish
stain, most likely to cover up surface blemishes.  Nothing wrong
with that, if you liked that color.  As smooth finishes were nearly
impossible to get in the U.S., the Trademark sold well.  Maybe
Castello's access to good briar has improved, but this is
stained with a light, almost English Tan look. On one side the
grain is quite good.  This pipe is dated 1996 and has Carlo
Scotti's name stamped on it.  At 4Ks, it's probably a Grp. 6 with
a wide-open draw and the old U.S. diamond logo on the stem.
5.35" long, bowl 2" (plus) tall. Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $380
Castello 4K Sea Rock Briar #824303
It's not that I don't have enough Castellos on the site (and
dozens more that I'm saving for a rainy day) but this is such a
sweet version of a classic shape that I couldn't resist it.  It's a
Group 5 size with a very comfortable stem that seems more like
a hand-cut vulcanite than another miserable acrylic.  The draw
is wide-open.  The rim, BTW, is not as red as it looks in the pic.
It about matches the color of the bowl stain.  New.
5.75" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 38 grams. $425
Il Duca B1 #215186
Great, sharp texture in a blast full of character and interesting
things to look at while holding it.  The pipe is large enough to be
at least a Grp. 5 and quite possible a Grp. 6.  The draw is wide
open and the tobacco chamber is mercifully uncoated.  You can
never have too many Billiards.  New.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $280.
Savinelli Autograph 8 #21806RS
Two very minor tooth marks, which I can probably buff out, on
the bottom of the stem keep this from being in exc. cond.  The
draw is not only wide-open, but a pipe cleaner, with just a little
jiggle, goes right to the bottom of the well-drilled chamber.  Size
I'll call a Dunhill Grp. 6, but maybe it's a bit larger.  The Egg
shape of the bowl makes it very comfortable to hold, & the flat
stem does the same for the mouth. Acrylic stem. Used.
5.75" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 89 grams. $260
Ser Jacopo Triple Maxima R1 #82878
The distinguishing features of this pipe, aside from its size, are
the handsome octagonal shape and the wide-open draw of a
pipe this large.  Having said that, it is next a matter of whether
you are fond of very large pipes.  Little more need be said. New.
5.8" long, bowl 3" tall.  Weight: 4 oz., 113 grams.   Price. $315.
2002 Castello Collection Great Line 3K 11283034JB
Quite large, and in exc. cond., with a wide-open draw and crisp
and clear nomenclature.  Because of the amount of briar, the
chamber is not over large.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2.6" tall.  Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 88 grams. $325.
Don Carlos #1130194
Sandblasts are not common among the Don Carlos arsenal.  
This one is a small, Grp. 3, with a prominent grain pattern.  the
walls are relatively thin, but as I can tell you from experience,
thin walls of well cured briar do no get any hotter than thick
walls.  The draw is wide-open.  
5.3" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 3/4" oz.., 23 grams.  $220.
Amorelli "Fertility" #113034
Salvatore "Toto" Amorelli is, even among the creative group
that comprise pipe makers, extra creative.  He has now
designed a series of pipes with a variety of designs on the
bowl.  This one, showing wheat is called Fertility.  The pipe
itself is from the fine briar that has  always been used to make
Amorelli pipes.This full bent is a Grp. 6 in size, with a chamber
large enough to take my thumb.  The draw is open, but what
surprises me is that the stem is a very comfortable vulcanite,
rather than the standard thick and ungainly acrylic of most
Italian pipes.  Additionally, the bowl has no foul coating.  it is
just as god, or Beelzebub (depending on your stance on
smoking) intended.  New.
5" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 64 grams. $225.
Amorelli penna di San Michele #113032JJ
If you like the feeling of a textured finish in your hand, this pipe
delivers.  The shape is very comfortable and the draw is open.
Although the carving helps keep the pipe light, it has a chamber
that is large enough to take my thumb.  The stem appears to
me to be vulcanite, which is a bit unusual for an Italian pipe.  
The drilling is as it should be and the bowl is uncoated.  New.
5.6" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $295.
Ser Jacopo S2 #82887
It was the beautiful, deep sandblast that drew me to this pipe,
but it's nice that it also has a wide-open draw, is drilled right at
the bottom of the chamber, which is large enough to take my
thumb, and yet isn't named a Maxima for the extra dollars that
brings.  With just a little bent at the tip, a cleaner goes to the
bottom of the chamber.  Acrylic stem.  Uncoated chamber. New.
5.5" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 72 grams. $360.
Savinelli 00 Autograph #12310
All I can add to what you can already see is that this pipe's
tenon can also take a balsa insert, if you choose to use one.
If you do choose to use one, please don't tell me.  The pipe is
easily a Grp. 6 and my thumb fits easily into the chamber.  New.
5.7" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 64 grams.   $725
Mimmo Provenzano #525020JJ
We acquired this pipe maker from an Italian pipe distributor
with whom we have a very good relationship.  He's from
Southeast Italy (Puglia) and shows a lot of talent.  This pipe is
a Grp. 4 in size (looking at Italian pipes always throws me off as
most of their pipes are just big to begin with and anything
normal looks small) has an open draw, is delightfully free of
bowl coating (do you mean there's a pipe maker who actually
listens to what the customer wants?) and with this pipe may
have worked an acrylic stem better than anything else I've
seen.  This is a Grade A, whatever that means.  New
5.25" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 38 grams. $245
Castello 4K Sea Rock Briar with Pi #527313
Just another Castello, about which everything is right, with the
possible exception of its acrylic stem, and that is a matter of
personal preference.  It is a Grp. 5 in size.  As always, the
bowl is uncoated, allowing you, the smoker, to decide how the
pipe should taste.  New.
5.45" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 64 grams. $480.
Il Duca Duca 1 #215113
Max certainly has a way with tall bowls; at least this is the 2nd
time in two shipments that i've received beautiful stack-like
pipes from him.  I can't think of anyone else who is so prolific
with this style.  The draw is wide-open and I need to mention
that he pays attention to what the pipe-buying public (the
majority, anyhow) wants, which is an uncoated bowl.  The dark
brindle stem provides a handsome complement to the bowl. New
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 38 grams. $548
Mimmo Provenzano #122401JJ
Unquestionably a handsome, well proportioned pipe with very
good straight grain all around and handsome Birdseye on the
rim.  It's probably a Grp. 4 in size, or maybe just a bit larger.  A
cleaaner goes through and the hole is drilled right where it
should be on the bottom.  New.
5.65" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $395.
Il Duca B2 #215146
The sandblasted bowl is that of a Prince, and although there
certainly straight-shanked Princes, this shank treatment
certainly departs from the tradition.  The shank extension is a
piece of briar, and the engineering is good enough so that the
stem fits into, an on, it perfectly regardless of which side of the
stem you use.  The draw is perfectly open and I hate using the
word "perfect."  The chamber is probably a Grp. 3 in size. New.
5.7" long, bowl 1.4" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $365
Castello 4K Sea Rock Briar with Pi #527278
My guess, wild & stupid though it may be, is that the design on
the side of the bowl (and it is duplicated on the other side of
this carved pipe) was inspired by what is called 'branch wood,"
meaning, simply, that a branch grew out of that part of the burl,
and when it was cut off to start boiling the briar burl, its grain
pattern is that round pattern you see, that some consider to be
soft and a negative and others, like David Field, consider to be
good and hard (it comes, after all, from the outer part of the
burl, which is much harder than the interior) & attractive.  I
throw my lot in with David.  But enough about me.  This Is a
Grp. 6 in size, has a wide-open draw and takes a cleaner easily
to the chamber.  Acrylic stem.   New.
5.6" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $480.
Savinelli Autograph 6 #924203 (SOLD)
Typically, a sandblasted Autograph gets rated a 4, or if it's
really good, a 5.  This one has such beautiful, consistent ring
grain that it deserves it's 6 rating.  The bowl and chamber and
rim are in crisp condition.  The stem has been buffed, so the
logo is gone, but the stem is original and free of bite marks.  
The draw is wide-open and the drilling flush on the bottom.  The
pipe is a Grp. 6 in size.  The stem is vulcanite.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz, 54 grams. $125.
Castello Fiammata Collection #822309
All very self-explanatory, to the point that I don't know what to
tell you that you.  It's beautifully constructed in that it takes a
cleaner right to the bottom of the chamber.  It has Carlo
Scotti's name on it, and no year stamp, so it might well have
been made prior to '87, but it shows none of that store wear so
evident in most older, but unsmoked, pipes.  The lowest retail
for this grade is $970, going up to 1600 for a 4K.  There are no
Ks on this one, so let's assume it's the least expensive.  New.
5.7" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 63 grams. $695.
Ser Jacopo S2 #82857
Sandblast grain like this has a name...curtain grain.  It is like
drapery that folds down over itself.  Whether it has a name or
not, the pipe is imbued with a beautiful sandblast.  The draw is
wide-open and the chamber large enough to take my thumb.
5.8" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $360.
Castello K Collection Fiammata #1130371KF
Large (the chamber can take my thumb, albeit tightly), in exc.
cond. with a wide-open draw and the ability to take a pipe
cleaner to the chamber with just a slight twist.  The date of
production is 2004.  Acrylic stem.  Used.  
5.7" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 3.25 oz., 91 grams. $275
Castello 2K Old Antiquari #824149 (SOLD 9/9/16)
How is this a 2K?  It is at least a G and probably a GG by
today's standards.  I have learned how this carved finish is an
Old Antiquari...the darkened rim area so qualifies it, and don't
ask me for the rationale.  It is old...the Ks are not in an oval and
the shape # is here: 74.  Although the acrylic stem is thick, the
construction is good and the draw is open.  The cond. is exc.
6" long, bowl 2.7" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. Used. $150.
Savinelli Deluxe #72261 (SOLD 12/24/16)
The bowl and chamber are in exc. cond., and so is the stem,
except it isn't original, which, considering the problems I often
have with them, is a good thing.  This one is acrylic, so in that
sense, it's a definite upgrade, as it won't oxidize.  The draw is
still open.  For a Pot, it's either a large Grp. 4 or a small 5. Used
5.8" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $35.
Castello 4K Sea Rock Briar #527284
Each year, Castello is required to put out a certain number of
pipes with a black dot logo or risk losing control of that logo.  I
have heard the number is as low as 5 pipes per year, but that is
not substantiated.  I am not that close to the scene.  But just in
case it's correct, I almost always buy one or two of these white-
stemmed pipes.  Plus, I like white stems.  Otherwise, it's a
Castello.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Ain't that good enough?
6" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 76 grams. $375.
Amorelli Penna di San Michele #11285JJ
The chamber takes my thumb, the walls are quite thick (over
1/2" at the thinnest point) and the drilling allows for a cleaner to
go through to the bottom, right where it should be.  New.
5.6" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 80 grams. $295.
Mastro Beraldi Churchwarden #821483JJ
Two things...1) this is not just a small, throw-away piece of briar
that was salvaged by making a Churchwarden out of it when
nothing else could be done.  It is one of a commissioned group
of fine churchwrdens, with top quality, aged briar and 2) the
stems are also top quality old stock vulcanite supplied by me
for these pipes.  Stems long enough to make good quality
Churchwardens are hard to find.  The line on the bottom of the
bowl is part of the plateau and is definitely not a crack.  The
bowl is Grp. 4 in size.  New.
9.5" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $130.
Castello 4K Sea Rock #902
Is the stem on this version a bit longer than typical?  Seems so
but I couldn't swear to it.  The Bent Egg is always eye-catching.
The draw is open and as with all Castellos, the briar has not
been compromised by a coating.  New.
5.25" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $425
Mastro Beraldi Churchwarden #821494JJ
Another well, fully grained bowl that raises the bar for the
typicaly bland Churchwarden bowl.  This pipe will appeal The
Billiard shape is enhanced with some sculpting at the bottom of
the bowl.  The size is Grp. 4.  New.    
9.7" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 3/4 oz., 50 grams.  $130.
Il Duca Barone 2 #8030249
Il Duca's max Rimensi seems to have found a little niche as the
premier maker of Stacks among today's new pipe makers.  I
see hardly anyone else making them.  Max has made a number
of them.  This sandblast has an open draw (rather requisite in a
Stack) and bending the tip of the cleaner and twisting just a
little rather miraculously lets it get to the bottom of the chamber.
5.6" long, bowl 2.65" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. $320.
Castello "Castello" 4K #824268
Here is an interesting treatment by the pipe makers of Castello.
I think we can all see the influence of Charatan in the cup &
saucer shaping.  What we see of the 'cup' exhibits a lot of
straight grain.  The intricately carved 'saucer' would normally
elicit a "Pi" designation from Castello, which also means more
money, but there is no Pi stamped on the shank, so it was
presented to me, and is not presented to you, as a straight-
forward "Castello" which is, happily, a not too expensive grade
of the brand.  It's a compact Grp. 5 size, with a wide-open draw
& is actually a comfortable pipe to hold.  New.
5.5" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $590
Castello KK Collection Fiammata #824022SF
Grp. 6, with a chamber large enough for me to get my thumb
into.  The cond. is very good, with minor tooth marks on the
bottom of the stem.  The draw is wide-open.  The year of
production is 1990, with Carlo Scotti's name stamped on the
bottom of the shank.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams.  $275.
Castello 3K Sea Rock Briar
Seems like a Grp. 4, but as Castellos are fairly large, maybe it's
a bit bigger than a 4.  As a new pipe, and with its classic shape,
there is not a lot to add, but if you have any questions, ask. New
5.6" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. $325
Castello 3K Great Line Collection  #68306SR
In excellent cond. with a wide-open draw and that spiral/fluted
bowl that is so attractive.  I tell ya, there seems to be enough
straight grain to call this a Fiammata.  The pipe was made in
the year 2000.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.7" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 75 grams. $365.
Radice Rind Pitch G #1021118 (SOLD)
Of course I can fit my thumb into the bowl of this Grp. 7 size
Radice.  Although there is some residual carbon on the inner
rim, there is no wear visible and the stem is free of bite marks.
The draw is good and open.  The stem is acrylic.  Used.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 74 grams. $75.
Il Ceppo Freeline 1 #1224028
Noteworthy about this Grp. 6 sized sandblast is the wide-open
draw.  The construction is also excellent.  Not only is the hole
drilled at the bottom of the chamber, but a cleaner, once the tip
is bent, does go through to that bottom with just a little effort.  I
was curious and so I tried a cleaner and the result did surprise
me.  I should raise the price based on that alone.  But I won't.
The stem is acrylic and the pipe is unsmoked.  
4.9" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 3 oz., 85 grams. $175.
Radice Silk Cut #83033 (SOLD 1/12/17)
The lines for this sandblast are very clean and crisp.  It's a Grp.
5 in size, with a narrow, comfortable acrylic stem.  You can see
good cross cut and Bird's Eye right through the blast.  New.
5.5" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. $195.
Ser Jacopo Rowlette Maxima #925085
I own a large Italian-English dictionary and the word "Rowlette"
is nowhere to be found in it.  I have no idea where the word
comesfrom and how it came to define what is often termed the
candle drip finish.  But there you have it, and so it does.  As a
Maxima, this is a large pipe and my thumb fits easily into the
chamber, despite thick walls.  The draw is wide-open.  New,
6 5/8" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 83 grams.  $375.
Ser Jacopo Triple Maxima 3925082
here's something to consider, although I hope you don't con-
sider it until after you order and pay for this pipe: the thickness
of the chamber wall is over 1/2".  That's where a lot of money
for this pipe goes.  Of course, that is a particularly stupid way of
looking at it, but it is a different POV.  Yes, I can fit my thumb
into the chamber of a Triple Maxima.  The draw is open and
the flat bottom suitable for head bashing.  New.
6.75" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 4 oz., 115 grams. $325.
Radice Rubino #1224060
Fine cross grain and excellent carving create this nifty Stack-like
pipe.  I guess you can call it a Grp. 5 in size, or maybe a 6.  The
draft is drilled right on the bottom of the chamber.  Unsmoked.
5.45" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz, 42 grams. $215.
Castello Milano #925088
On the bottom of the silver band, it says "Milano 2015."  What
the pipe is meant to commemorate I have no idea.  Nor do I
know what the band's design is meant to depict, although
wheat stalks might be close.  It's a Grp. 5 in size with a large
capacity bowl into which I can almost fit my thumb.  The
numbers stamped on the side of the shank are 81 120, leading
me to believe that this was pipe number 81 in a run of 120.the
bowl shape is almost that of an Acorn.  Very pleasing.  New.
5.85" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $660
Castello 4K Natural Vergin #1224462
This size could have been declared a G.  I can squeeze my
thumb into the chamber, so that has a pretty good capacity.
Yet, the walls are thick; there's a lot of bowl there.  The draw is
wide open.  Again I point out that if a brand like Castello doesn't
feel the need to coat their bowls, why should anyone else
perform that sin on their pipes?  New.
5.5" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 65 grams. $350.
Mastro Beraldi Churchwarden #925069
Another of the custom made Churchwardens with quality briar.
The bowl size is between Grp. 3 & Grp. 4 in size, the draw is
open.  The Mastro Beraldi Churchwardens were ordered
because otherwise, the options on bowl shapes and sizes for
Churchwardens are extremely limited.  Plus, I had fine old
vulcanite stems, making the project feasible.  Good stuff all
around.  New.
9.5" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $130.
Castello 3K Collection  #925094
The highly esteemed shap3 55 in a well grained Collection
grade, with a wide-open draw and a Group 4 or maybe small
Group 5 sized bowl.  The pipe has an old-fashioned round
button that I have seen on a couple of new Castellos.  An
interesting feature, I think.  Once they get a shape down,
Castello does a very good job of it, often with slight modification.
4.95" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $750.
Mastro Beraldi Churchwarden #925075
A Grp. 4 sized bowl in the Prince shape for this Churchwarden.
Another of the custom ordered and made Churchwardens with
good, old stock vulcanite for the stem.  
9 3/4" long, bowl 1.4" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $130.
Castello "Castello" G #925122
Not that I felt my stock needed another Castello shape 65, but
this pipe was too attractive to allow another dealer to get their
hands on it.  The color, the fit and finish you all expect from
Castello, but the clincher for me was the quality of the cross
grain, which puts this pipe very close to what you can expect in
an Occhio di Pernice, especially the amount of Bird's Eye.  I can
just about get the thicker of my two thumbs into the chamber.
5.7" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 75 grams. $595
Baldo Baldi 3824071SF (SOLD)
I had this pipe sold at $750 when, in packing it up, I noticed the
front of the bowl.  Look at that fill...it's the size of Lake Erie.  I
would never have guessed that Baldo filled a pipe to which he
put his name (not to mention carving/production energies).  
Judging from how ugly the fill is, it's safe to say he didn't have
much practice in filling pipe cavities.  Still, a beautiful pipe.  New.
6" long, bowl 3" tall.  Weight: 3 5/8 oz.., 102 grams. $250.
Castello Great Line 3K Collection #123147SR
Quite large (please refer to the dimensions for specifics) and in
excellent condition, with a wide-open draw.  It was made in
1998, and considering the grain quality, I'm surprised it isn't
also a Fiammata.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 73 grams. $375
1987 Savinelli Pipe of the Year #1224475 (SOLD 2/5/17)
Regarding the condition of this pipe, the worst thing I can say
about it is that there is a little carbon residue on the smooth
part of the rim, which I'm fairly certain I can easily polish off.  
The blast on these POYs is good, and this one exhibits tight
grain and hard briar.  The draw is wide open.  Grp. 5 size. Used.
5.85" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. $75.
Castello 3K Natural Vergin #90249
Ah, Mussolini's favorite pipe, the Squashed Tomato.  Now you,
too, can have a piece of history....I think I'm getting carried
away here.  Back to work.  The draw is wide-open, the shape is
always a pleasure to hold and it is fun to watch a Vergin color
up.  New.
5.55" long, bowl 1.4" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $395
1989 Savinelli Pipe of the Year #117127
I may have failed to mention that the Savinelli POYs have a
tenon opening that can take their balsa insert.  This pipe is in
exc. cond., is a Grp. 6 in size & has a comfortable, lucite stem.
6" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams.  Used. $75.
Radice Rind G #1224388 (RESERVED)
This is an older Radice, still in excellent condition.  The "G"
indicates it is a grande, or large size, and it is, although it is not
mammoth.  The draw is open and the stem is acrylic.  Because
there is enough to do just to take care of this site, I don't surf
the web & have no idea if anyone is importing and distributing
Radice pipes into the U.S. these days.  Considering their long
standing reputation for their smoking properties, it would be a
shame if not.  Anybody know the situation?  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 57 grams. $85.
Il Duca D Barone Morta #11711FT (RESERVED)
Max is wise enough to put a lot of thought and energy into his
stemwork.  That's the part that dictates how comfortable the pipe
feel, yet is often neglected for what i consider to be less
meaningful cosmetic treatments.  Unlike most italians, the Il
Duca stem is vulcanite, which provides a softer, more malleable
feel for the teeth.  With the rarest of exceptions (perhaps two of
my pipes have acrylic stems) unless the stem is vulcanite, I'm
not interested.  This pipe is Grp. 4 size with a wide-open draw.
5.4" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $295.
Baldo Baldi #1021241 (SOLD 2/6/17)
A large block of briar worked by the hand of Baldo Baldi, leaving
the plateau intact, and on the bottom of the bowl (which does
stand, leaning backwards onto the shank). The draw is pretty
good, but the surprise is that the tenon is like that of a Jobey, if
you happen to know how that pipe was made.  In other words,
there is a plastic (delron?) screw tenon that can be screwed on
and off in either direction.  In one direction, it looks like a stan-
dard tenon.  Twist the other way and the tenon extends out of
the shank.  The pipe's cond. is exc., Just make sure you look at
the dimensions to be sure you want such a large pipe. Used.
4.7" long, bowl 2.65" tall.  Weight: 4.5 oz., 127 grams. $375.
Castello 3K Collection #82405SF
A little different style for Castello, maybe copying the Charatan
cup & saucer model.  This is Grp. 6, with a chamber large
enough to take my thumb.  The draw is wide-open and the
cond. is very good.  It has the Carlo Scotti stamp.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. $225.
Castello G Sea Rock Briar #824093
Not a common Castello shape, with additional unusual touches
of a white stem with black dot (Castello has to produce a
certain number of them each year to retain the logo rights) and
the contrasting disc of a bottom.  More important, the draw is
quite good.  it's a big capacity bowl with thick walls.  New.
4.55" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $450.
1986 Savinelli Pipe of the Year #1224451
Another of the minimally smoked POYs.  Grp. 5 size.  Open
draw, acrylic stem and all that jazz.  Used.
5.65" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. $75.