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

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Meerschaum Cigar Holder 89-3301
This old meerschaum and amber (at least I think it's amber)
takes about a cheroot size and it still works, but I must say, I
think of it more as a collector's piece than as a working
holder.  It's about 4 1/4" long, and the opening 15/32 or an inch
or just shy of 1/2".  On the other side of the stem, near the
button is a dark, rough spot.  $15.
H.S. Studio #419138
Although there are red undertones to this pipe, it looks a tad
darker and blacker in person.  It's close, though.  The draw is
wide open and a cleaner goes smoothly through to the bowl.  
The forward cant is typically associated with a Cutty, but I would
call this bowl a canted Egg.  The overall size is certainly a Grp.
4, but the chamber is small and narrow, but it is deep.  New.
5.8" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 25 grams. $125.
Sealed Tins
The Balkan 759 Tins are sold out.  We also have2 tins of the
Balkan Sobranie Virginia #10, from the late 70's or early 80's
@$250 per tin.  
Tsuge Ikebana F #511226
If the one side of the bowl didn't have mediocre grain, this would
be a spectacular straight grain.  It is certainly a pleasure to look
at as is.  The bowl is a Grp. 6 in size, and depsite the thick
bowl walls, I can fit my thumb into the chamber.  The stem does
have a metal tenon for stability, which does not impede the
wide-open draw.  The flat, comfortable stem is vulcanite and
the light stain indicates that the briar is essentially flawless. New
7" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $595.
H.S. Studio #419142
A carved finish with no stain in a Group 3 size. The air hole is
right at the bottom of the chamber and a pipe cleaner goes
right through.  The draw is open.  The one flaw is that despite
the flat bottom, the pipe does not sit up.  New.
4.75" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $125
Butz Choquin "Petit" #108162 (SOLD 10/22/17)
More than the Churchwardens, this strikes me as being closer
to a Hobbit style pipe.  The size is certainly closer to what little
creatures would be able to handle.  This is a Grp. 2 in size.  The
draw is nicely open and everything else is 'like new' & it may well
be unsmoked, with the little darkening on the rim a little bleeding
of the bowl coating.  I'll let you decide.  It does sit up.
7.25" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 3/4 oz., 22 grams. $45.
Gitane Ashtray #615285SW
We have two of these and as I believe the Gitane cigarette no
longer exists, these are worth offering and fun to have.  In fact, I
bring a plastic Gitane ashtray to our weekly Pipe & Pint
sessions as the pub no longer provides them as it is supposed
to be entirely no-smoking.  Fortunately, it's such a dive (but
with good craft beers) that is has remained below the radar of
the local gendarmes. The diameter of just over 4" is not
particularly good for pipes, but it is attractive & should add a je
ne sais quoi to that Arkansas Rustic style of your home. $5
H.S. Studio #419145
A solid display of straight grain, no fills and an open draw typify
this 1/4 bent briar.  It's a group 5 in size with a flat, comfortable
stem.  There is a double trim, which looks like Boxwood and
perhaps a white acrylic, but also quite possibly a bone.  New.
5.5" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. $125
H.S. Studio #419128
Here is the start of something completely different...briar pipes
made by hand in China.  We were afforded the opportunity to
look at some of the work H.S. Studios is doing, and were very
impressed at what they are turning out considering the value.
This pipe is not large, maybe a Group 4 in terms of the
chamber capacity.  The draw is open, and with just a twist at
the end of the cleaner, it goes right through.  The stem is flat
and comfortable, is vulcanite and appears to be hand cut. The
photo picked up the red in the plateau top, but in actuality, the
rim is only reddish toned, and definitely not a bright red. New.
5.4" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $125
Senatorov #615124CO  (SOLD 10/2/17)
A little larger than the Senatorov sandblast pictured above (if it
is still there) so I'll call this a Grp. 6 in size.  The draw is open
and the stem flat and comfortable, but due to the thick
walls, & relatively small chamber capacity, it is too heavy at the
bowl end to hang from the jaw.  The trim around the shank is
almost certainly real amber...not perhaps of the highest,
clearest quality, but Baltic amber nonetheless, as Senatorov is
from one of the Baltic nations.  Unsmoked.
5.95" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. $135.
IMP Meerschaum #1112248
What the reason for the 2nd, churchwarden-like stem is I have
no idea, but happily, you get a fine, open draw from either of the
stems, providing further testimony to the value of good con-
struction on meerschaums.  That, along with fine quality
meerschaum, is the hallmark of the IMP brand.  New.
5.95" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $255.
Cherapanov # 61588CO
This pipe exhibits a pipe maker doing a lot of things right...using
the piece of briar to its maximum, in terms of grain realization &
shape and size, along with construction that provides a wide-
open draw and a flat, comfortable brindle stem.  The pipe is
Grp. 5 size, but a lot of  bowl wood keeps the tobacco chamber
down to a 4 in size, although it's quite deep, so maybe it holds
more tobacco than a standard Grp. 4 would.  Unsmoked.
5.6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $225.
IMP Meerschaum #92008
As I was fooling around with a different camera and had not
managed to establish how to properly illuminate the pipes, I
thought I would experiment with the black background of a pipe
case to create a contrast.  The result?  As you can see, could
be better, could be worse.  I hope you get enough of an idea of
this pipe's shape.  Constructive criticism is not solicited.   This
is large enough to have a chamber that easily takes my thumb.
The quality of the steon is clearly excellent and as with all IMP
meerschaums, the construction is a la briar, so the draw is
open.  Yes, it comes in a custom case, which I forgot to shoot.
6.25" long, bowl 2.6" tall.  Weight: 3 5/8 oz., 103 grams. $315.
Sealed Tins  (Three Nuns tins are sold)
2 Tins of Three Nuns remains.  These are $100 each.  The
Abingdon, as well as Piccadilly, Charing Cross, Stratford &
Blackpoint are all from 2003 and all $40 each.  Also available
are Mephisto, Friedman & Pease Fez, Tribute.  Except for the
Tribute, which Pease put out in 2001, the others are from 2003
and all cost $75 per tin.  Ask if I've confused you.
Pierre Morel #111284
"Pierre Morel is among the most skilled pipe makers of France."
That was the statement I saw on a French pipe site when trying
to get a handle on Morel's pipes and prices.  Well, among the
most skilled pipe makers in France isn't much of a bar, is it?
Besides Morel (who does make some nice pipe) I know of only
one other artisan French pipe maker.  Why is that?  It's not as if
the French aren't artistic and creative because they certainly
are.  Are they so in love with Italy that they want to cede craft
pipe making to them?  I don't think so.  Come on you French
craftsmen...get on this 7 let's see what you can do.  This pipe is
a Grp. 5 in exc. cond. with a wide-open draw & vulcanite stem.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. Used. $75
Tsuge Ikebana D #218120PN
When Tsuge made its entree to the U.S. market, the spectacu-
lar nature of their shapes and detail quality of the workmanship
won over a lot of people.  None of that abated; what did happen
is their failure to understand , or their lack of interest in under-
standing this market has mostly kept their pipes from would-be
buyers.  For the most part, they have employed cigar compan-
ies to distribute their pipes, like Felipe Gregorio, or Drew
Estates, the latest.  Now that Swisher Sweets has purchased
Drew Estates (Acid cigars), how can Tsuge benefit?  Well, here
one of their fine, hand made pieces in exc. cond.  Grp. 4. Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. $345.
SMS Meerschaum Churchwarden #121147
SMS block meerschaum is always fine quality.  This pipe has
an open draw and with the smaller bowl size, should color up
quickly.  At least it should.  If it doesn't, don't worry about it
because by the time you figure that out, I'll be dead.  New.
10" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 31 grams. $65.
Disposable Pipe Lighter #822328..New Low, Low Price.
Here's a little pet project of mine.  Why, if I can manage to sell
just 2,500,000 of these, I'll be a millionaire.  Nothing like having
a goal in life.  Anyhow, there might be something in it for you.
These are your typical dispensable, non-refillable butane
lighters, with the added benefit of having an adjustable valve
that can be put at a 90 degree angle so as to provide a flame
fit for a pipe.  The maker tells me that the 45 degree angle is
best for lighting a cigar.  I would rather sell these, one or more,
along with a pipe purchase, as the cost of postage and a pad-
ded envelope would be about doubling the price.  I have been
using one since the pipe trade show in mid-July and it I like it.
It certainly takes the stress out of traveling with your Old Boy. $1
IMP Meerschaum #920014
More pics will follow.  This is very handsomely shaped...just
gentle curves on this Grp. 5.  A cleaner goes go through the
pipe and the draw is open.  The stone is clean and of high
quality, as are all IMP meerschaums.  comes in fitted case. New.
5.7" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $175.
Kulpinski #1112209AG
Date stamped 1988.  It's a Grp. 4 size, but with such thick walls
the chamber is probably Grp. 3 in size.  I should have started out
by identifying Kulpinski as a Polish pipe maker, and I've no idea
where he gets his briar, but the grain pattern is different than
what I'm used to seeing.  This is not an unattractive pipe, but the
draw in the stem is quite poor.  I think I can open that up and
make this a better pipe thereby.  The stem material is OK. Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. $45.
Tsuge "Miki" #615233 (SOLD 10/13/17)
This looks so much like a Stanwell that I was more than a little
surprised to see the "Tsuge" marking on the shank.  The
similarity is not an accident and Tsuge has often sought out
Danish makers and closely duplicated their shapes.  It's a bit
small...like a Grp. 3.  The draw is open & the cond. is exc.,
except for a small tooth indent on the bottom of the stem.  Used.
4.65" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. $50.
Tsuge D Ikebana #518121
All of the components, the bamboo transition with both stem &
shank, the drilling into the chamber the open draw, are all done
in the precise, detail oriented way that helps define the best of
Japanese craftsmanship.  That same sense of balance and
proportion, that intuitive artistic touch, went into the creation of
the total pipe.  The grain all around the bowl you can see for
yourself.  Grp. 6 size.  Vulcanite stem.  New.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams.  $365
Old Bakkelite Cigar Holder #615153
At least I think it's Bakkelite.  What else could it be?  It holds
a 35 ring gauge cigar (or an extra big doobie, if you're so
inclined.  These days, you're probably more acceptable to
society as a marijuana smoker than as a cigar smoker).  Is
that the size of a Panatela or a Lonsdale?  I used to know all
that when I had the store, but I've thankfully forgotten.  Well,
you know what you smoke.  2.55" long.  $10.
Chacom "Paris" #108-212
It took a few twists, but I got a cleaner to go through to the bowl.
The draw is open.  it's a Grp. 6 and it is unsmoked.  
5.15" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $65.
Tsuge Ikebana #42502FT
I've seen a lot of unique designs from Tsuge...that's how they
caught my eye in the first place, but I don't think I ever expected
to see this kind of Calabash-shape from them.  They did a
wonderful job.  The cup is briar and is fully removable, just as in
any meerschaum/gourd piece.  You can see that It's unsmoked.
The draw is open.  Note, if you can see it in my photos, the
trim that hugs the inside of the wide rim.  It is a cross grain to
complement the delicious Bird's Eye that covers the rest of that
wide rimmed cup.  The grain is good, too, but I think that's a
bonus.  BTW, this is given a "G" grade.  I saw very few (2 to be
exact) Ikebana pipes on the web, but one was an H grade, and
it was discounted to a bit over $1200, so this price is a deal, too.
6.5" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 3.5 oz., 99 grams. New.  $695.
Cherapanov #10856CO (SOLD 10/11/17)
I don't know if this is unfair to you, to me or to both of us.  That
is because this shape, when put in the hand, is damn near
irresistible.  The delicious Apple shape with the added bonus of
a slight sand blasted textural frisson.  You're short changed
because you can only see it at this point and I'm short changed
because if I could get it in your hand...boom...a sale.  Yes, it's a
stubby, and has a wide-open draw & vulcanite stem.  Unsmoked
4.3" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. $185.
Tsuge Ikebana E #518062BK
A freehand in the mold of the best of the old Danish versions.  A
Grp. 6 size, with an open draw and great drilling of the air hole
on the bottom of the chamber.  A cleaner passes right through
to the chamber. The light stain reveals the 360 degree flame
grain and is handsomely complemented by the tan of the
bamboo shank.  Very easy on the eyes is this pipe.  Unsmoked.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $410
Tsuge CD #518146 BK
Handsome, large (Grp. 6) and well constructed with the air hole
drilled right on the bottom of the chamber.  A cleaner goes right
through, of course.  With this quality of straight grain, I am
surprised that it isn't graded higher.  Vulcanite stem.  New.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 57 grams. $395
Cherapanov #10870CO (SOLD 10/20/17)
An example of Cherapanov's ability to go 'off road' so to speak and
create an asymmetrical pipe that not only captures the cross grain
& Bird's Eye right on their edges, but also provides a very
comfortable feel in the hand, or at least in my left hand, which Is
where I hold my pipes when I'm smoking.  It's a Grp. 5 in size with
an open draw & a vulcanite stem.  The condition is excellent. Used.
4.65" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 64 grams. $225.
Artist Signed Sherlock Holmes Meerschaum #21850RS
The signature states that the carver's name is Erdogan.  Well,
that is the same name as the President of Turkey.  Most likely,
no relation.  Still, a signed piece is better than anonymous.
The pipe is in very good cond. is a better quality Holmes carving
than other renditions I've seen, and I've seen plenty.  Probabyl
qualifies as a Grp. 5 in size, or maybe even a 6.  The draw is
OK...not great, and there is an indentation on the stem bottom.
If there was a case originally, and I suspect there was, there is
not one now.  The stem is not black, BTW, but a dark, nearly
opaque maroon.  Thus, it must be a plastic and not vulcanite.
5.9" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 89 grams. Used. $50
Cherapanov #10865CO (SOLD 11/16/17)
It occurs to me to ask, after a number of years, why so many
Russian pipe makers, who, for the most part, are also
exceptional carvers? I don't think of Russia as having a large
pipe smoking tradition, as do the Danes and as did the English.
There is clearly something about briar pipes that have captured
the imagination of many Russian crafts people.  In any case,
this shorty (Stubby?) with a Grp. 4 sized bowl is poised to
become somebody's favorite go-to pipe with its compact size,
very comfortable flat stem & wide-open draw.  The grain is very
nice, too and the cond. is excellent.  A cleaner goes right
through to the bottom of the chamber.  Vulcanite stem.  Used.
4.4" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $175.
"Majestic Brand Warranted...Price $15" #615287
Not something you would want to smoke, I should think, but a
fine collectible.  The plastic cigar and cigarette holder (which is
unfortunately damaged) and outer bowls are early plastics...
perhaps bakkelite in the case of the holders and stems.  The
inner bowl lining might be briar, but it might be balsa, for all I
know.  the bent pipe looks as though it was briefly smoked,
instantly killing the smoker and thus preserving this near
ancient set in superb condition for posterity.  Lucky you.  $35.
Cherapanov #10887CO (SOLD 10/21/17)
If the size of the chamber is the salient factor, then this is a
Grp. 4, although because of the thickness of the chamber walls,
it might qualify as a 5.  The two side walls are 4/10" while the
front and back walls are much thicker.  The draw is wide-open &
a cleaner flows right into the chamber bottom.  Having been
smoked maybe once, the condition is excellent.  The stem is
vulcanite and the blast is subtle but tactile.  Used.
4.8" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $175.
Old Cigar Holders #89122 &127 (Kaywoodies is sold)
The Kaywoodie holder does have some wavy tooth marks on
the top & bottom of the stem, but the photos make them look
more prominent than they are.  There is the typical Kaywoodie
stinger, with threads, protruding from the stem.  The holder
takes a ring gauge of 38.  It's 2.65" long. $10
The red bakkelite holder takes a 32 ring gauge cigar and is
2.45" long.  Each holder is $10.
Bakkelite Cigar Holder #89139
this is a deeper red and more translucent than the cigar holder
in the photo above.  It's longer, too.  The ring gauge is 36 and
the length of the entire holder is 3.5."  Again, $10. (OBO).
Dunhill Travel Cigar Humidor #89242SW (SOLD 10/10/17)
For those of you who want your cigars to travel in style, here is
a never used travel humidor, equipped with humidifier and still
in its original Dunhill box, plus a felt cover so that the leather
does not get scratched in the luggage.  The inner dimensions
are 7" square.  $75.
IMP Meerschaum #1112244
IMP, which I consider the best of the meerschaums, along with
those that Deniz Ural sells, was off the market for a while, and I
had sold out of them.  They are now back, with a new importer
and I was able to buy a few nice ones at our recent West Coast
pipe show.  The problem is being able to show them off properly
in a photograph.  Stark white does not do well in the hands of
poor photogs like myself.  Mike Glukler, of Briar Blues told me,
I think, that for this reason, he is no longer going to offer
meerschaums.  Well, he's smarter than I am, so for the time
being, I'm going to offer them.  This piece has a plateau-like rim
a Grp. 5 size and that briar-like push-pull tenon/shank treatment
that almost all other meerschaums sadly do not have. The
stone is clearly very high quality.  New.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. $210.
Cherapanov #10892CO (SOLD 10/21/17)
This pipe was smoked, but barely...much of the chamber still
shows unsmoked briar, so the cond. is flat-out excellent.  The
draw is wide-open and a cleaner goes to the chamber bottom
with a twist or two.  It's a Grp. 5 in size & the grain is good all
around, plus you have that great hand feel of a round, smooth
bowl.  It's not prominent, but there is a bone trim around the
shank.  I think the stem is acrylic.  It is short & stubby, too. Used.
4.7" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 57 grams. $175.  
Cherapanov #10897CO (SOLD)
When a pipe is finished with a very light stain, revealing
essentially everything about the wood, you know that the pipe
maker is pleased with the piece of briar he/she is working with.
That is the case here, where when you don't have some nice
straight grain you have some fine looking Bird's Eye.  The draw
is wide-open and cleaner floats to the bottom of the chamber.
It's a Grp. 5 size & the stem looks like high quality vulcanite. New
5.35" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $250.
3 Tiered Pipe Rack (36 Pipes) #108276AG
Not so easy to find, anymore, and especially this old, solid wood
(probably walnut) version.  Can either be hung or allowed to
free-stand on a desk or table.  Shipping and attendant costs,
due to the oversize dimensions of the box makes this
worthwhile only for local pick up.  We've got 5 of them. $65 each
Alpha Freehand #108184 (SOLD 11/10/17)
There is an awful lot of hard, well sandblasted briar on this pipe.
It is from the era when Alphas were made in Israel, and before
the company was bought and then made in south Carolina...in
other words, during the best years of Alpha pipes.  As
suggested above, it's quite large & in exc. cond.  It's definitely a
rocking chair kind of pipe, with the long stem & deep chamber.
7" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 2.75 oz., 78 grams.  Used. $50.
CC (Chapuis Comoy) #108199 Newly Posted
This pipe is in such clean, crisp condition that it's very tempting
to call it 'new.'  But I'm not 100% certain, so I will stay away from
that depcition.  "Like new," would be a fiar assessment, although
it may, in fact, be unsmoked.  It's a Grp. 5 in size with an open
draw and a very elegant look about it.  Unsmoked.  
5.7" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. $45.