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

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B.C. Flamme Major #1021270
Here's where smart people can take advantage of a great deal.
This would be an expensive pipe in a normal retail setting...it
has a good pedigree and a lot of straight & flame grain.  It is
also unsmoked.  The size is Grp. 4, the stem is vulcanite.  The
drilling is spot on, and the draw is certainly OK.  New.
5.35" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $75.
Meerschaum Cigar Holder 803301
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.  We also have 4 tins of the
Balkan Sobranie Virginia #10, from the late 70's or early 80's
@$290 per tin.  We have 2 Blackpoint from 2003 @ $40 per tin.
Tsuge Ikebana F #1021226
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
Ismet Bekler Meerschaum #21812RS
A crisp rim, with just a little of the carbon residue to keep it from
looking like new.  It is a Grp. 6 in size & the draw is open. Used.
5.8" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2.75 oz., 78 grams. $75.
B.J. Long's Pipe Cleaners...5 Bundles for $4
A recently acquired collection also brought in pipe cleaners,
more than I could use, so I'm making them available at a better
price than any I've seen, the lowest being $1.10 per bundle.  
The only deal is that these accompany the purchase of a pipe.  
I am not spending time, box money, etc. to sell pipe cleaners.
They are mostly the regular, unbristle style, but bristle also, so
indicate which you prefer (yes, you can mix 'em).  As the old
saying goes, good for as long as supplies last.  Bristles only.
Pistol Packing Mamma #331166
The shape of the stem button signifies an old, turn of the
century pipe, and so does the type of plastic used to form the
gun.  The bowl briar is pretty good, especially considering the
crap they so often used way back then.  (For the record, I am
not declaring this pipe to be that old; I don't know its age...this is
merely an educated guess.  I may well be missing some critical
clue as to its age.)  The threads on the bottom of the bowl, that
screw into the handle of the pistol, are wood from the bowl.  The
draw is really open and so this can be smoked, but up to now, it
has not been.  It's certainly a Grp. 4 sized chamber, or larger.
Just don't use this to point at something; not with a cop nearby.
5" long, bowl & handle 2.4" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $45.
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
Tsuge Ikebana Grade K #924159BK (RESERVED)
Clearly an homage with a high grade Tsuge to Lars Ivarsson,
who is revered in Japan. Beautifully done in a Grp. 6 size, with
briar good enough to treat with only a light colored stain & a
brindle stem to complement it.  A wide-open draw.  Unsmoked.
6.5" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $695
H.S. Studio #419161
Really, only one side of this pipe needs to be shown as it is a
rusticated rather than blasted piece, but that long, lean look
deserves the extra view.  It has an open draw and the stem is a
dark brindle.  The diameter of the bowl is probably close to a
Grp. 3 in size, but the height of the chamber creates enough
capacity for a full smoke. Nice & light, too. Italian Briar. New.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 3/4 oz., 23 grams. $125
Kaywoodie Cigarette Holder #122442BJ
Again, the photo is exaggerating the bad points and distorting
the way this cigarette holder actually looks.  The stain on the
briar is not as uneven as it appears in the picture, and the dark
end is not burnt but only darkened.  The stem is bite-free and
the stamping on the briar says "tobacco yello, has a "KBB" in a
cloverleaf and a patent pending.  The silver band does not
indicate where the vulcanite stem and briar holder come apart
because they do not come apart.  The holder has been used
but it is in excellent condition.  4.3" long.  $15.
London Pipe Shop of Los Angeles Cigarette Holder #122451BJ
I'm going to guess that the holder is made of an early plastic-
like material called gutta-percha.  The stem is almost surely
vulcanite.  A great research project for someone would be to try
to find info on The London Pipe Shop of Los Angeles. Used.
4.65" long,  $15.
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.
"Genuine Real Amber Meerschaum"  #117262
Once out of the case, this is not a large pipe, perhaps a Grp. 4,
or even a large Grp. 3. but, looking at the label, it is fairly old (I
won't hazard a guess because although the label looks old, the
case doesn't appear to be all that old).  I can see no reason to
suspect the stem of being anything other than amber, as
advertised, but if it is amber, it's a very nice piece.  The cond.
is exc., and the draw is decent, if not great (and what old
meerschaum had a great draw...none I've seen).  The case is
in full operating cond., too.  Used.
5" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. $65.
Tsuge Ikebana C #33152BK (SOLD 4/23/17)
This is a sweet little pipe.  It is either a large Grp. 2 in size or a
small Grp. 3. The cond. is very good with just the slightest wear
on a spot of the inner rim, & a pipe cleaner goes through to
the chamber with minimal twist, despite being 3/4 bent.  With
that kind of construction, of course the draw is open. Used.
4.75" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $145.
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. $75.
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. $195.
Tsuge #218287BK (SOLD 4/12/17)
Although this doesn't get the "Ikebana" rating, this pipe looks
like it fulfills all the criteria.  The blast is tight and well grained.
The draw is open, the stem is made of quality vulcanite and is
narrow and comfortable & the construction is good enough so  
that with just a slight crimp on the end of a cleaner, it goes thru
to the bottom of the chamber.  Exc. Cond. It's large, with a Grp. 6
sized bowl, thick chamber walls & 3/4 "  chamber diam. Used.
7" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. $125.
Lillehammer from Norway #33196
I used to see more of the Lillehammer pipes than I do now, but
then, I used to see more Model Ts on the road than I do now,
so that might explain it.  Another of the very solid, great value
pipes from Scandinavia that have disappeared from the scene
to our misfortune because they were style innovators, too.  This
is a Grp. 3 in size and is in exc. cond. except for the tooth
indents on the stem, which is good & solid & shouldn't crack.
5.8" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 30 grams. Used. $35.
Tsuge D Ikebana #924121
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.  $395
Dunhill Accessories #218246BK
What we have here are two sterling silver Dunhill tampers and
a Dunhill Staniless Steel reamer (it only looks black because of
reflected light...the entire reamer is the same silver color as the
top part).  Each comes in a  Dunhill box and is sold individually.  
The tampers are hallmarked.  The long tamper is a little over 4"
and unscrews to show a pick.  It's $235.  The shorter of the
sterling tampers is a little over 2" long and also unscrews to
reveal a pick.  This tamper is $175.  The tampers were
purchased at the Dunhill store in London in 1982 when the
buyer asked the clerk if there were any old accessories in the
back, and the clerk searched and came up with these two.  The
reamer is pretty standard and sells here for $50.
Chacom "Paris" #527212
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. $75.
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.  Strangely, I'm almost equally surprised by the
large Tsuge sleeve they had made for this pipe.  It's unsmoked
& has an open draw.  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.
Tsuge Ikebana #42511FT
I can't remember having seen an Ikebana without its grade
stamped on it, but this appears to be that rare bird.  It may have
a grade on it, but if so, it's that little Japanese character in a
circle, which I can not, of course, interpret.  However, as all else
is written in English, that appears to be a bit of an anomaly.  I
can see the action...the pipe maker, eager to make a break for
lunch, grabs all the nomenclature stamps quickly, and when he
comes to the grade, he grabs the Japanese symbol, reads it
easily, of course, and applies the stamp and then hits the door.
Like-new cond., open draw and exceedingly comfortable, flat
vulcanite stem.  Grp. 4 in size, fine ring grain blast.  Used.
4.7" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $275.
Tsuge Ikebana E #924062BK
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. $425
Tsuge CD #924146 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. $425
Ismet Bekler Meerschaum #824063SF
Try as I might, I could not get good contrasts and sharp details on
this fine, and fun-loving Dragon meerschaum made by the late,
great Ismet Bekler.  The face on the dragon shows that it is a
dragon with an attitude, but then, maybe all dragons have
attitudes.  Bekler did a great job on facial expression and body
language.  I bet he had fun carving this pipes. The draw is good
5.7" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 62 grams. New.  $125.
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. $75.