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

(650) 965-7403
St. Claude, France...Napoleon, n'est ce pas? 89-387GN
Someday someone will explain why a man who killed off 1/2
million Frenchmen in one campaign is so revered in that
country.  And that doesn't even address that they were the
physical cream of France's youth.  The world is mad.  This pipe
is in good condition.  The carving is less than stellar. Used.
5.5"long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 66 grams. $35.
Nording "Great Dane" #31401
Quite a large freehand...about a Grp 7 size.  The cond. is exc.,
the draw is open, the stem is vulcanite and the band is sterling.
6.5" long, bowl 2.7" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 76 grams. Used. $75
JR Sweden...Jonas Rosengren #31406
This pipe hits all the proper notes as far as I'm concerned.  The
pipe has the right, reasonable size for holding in the hand or
the jaw, Grp. 4, with a proper chamber capacity.  The pipe also
exhibits fine design, while still adhering to the standards of what
a traditional shape offers...the comfort of a flat, ebonite stem,
a wide-open draw and very good looking proportions.  In short,
this pipe maker, who donated this pipe, can make a pipe.  BTW,
that fuzzy looking blob at the front of the bowl is not bad camera
work (although it may be that, also) it is simply remarkably tight
Bird's Eye grain in a good sandblast finish.  I've never seen that
before.  From the maker, it would be $700.  New.
5.45" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 37 grams. $545.
Peter Heeschen #31492
Possibly a Grp 3 size, or a small 4, but pure Heeschen & in exc.
cond., with an open draw & straight grain all around the bowl.
Amberoid stem, if that's the term, but certainly flat & comfortable
in any terminology.  Great Bird's Eye on the bowl bottom.  Used
5.1" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 34 grams. $345.
Psst.  All these pipes need to be sold to raise money
for a favorite son's medical expenses.  Just between
us, if you are interested in a pipe, and see that it
hasn't sold in two or three weeks, feel free to make
an offer directly to me.  We don't need to tell anyone
else what the selling price is.  What other people don't
know won't hurt them.  
N.B.  Choose carefully.  Very carefully.  Unlike all the
other pipes on my site,
the pipes on the Specials page
are not returnable for any reason.
 Simply put, I am
not going to handle these pipes twice.  Is that under-
stood?  Is that clearly understood?  There is no
reason to think that there is a problem with any of
the pipes included here, but they have been donated,
not vetted.
Don Carlos Fiammata One Note #31497
With his rigorous standards, this more than qualifies as a
Fiammata, with thin, tight straight grain all around the bowl.  The
draw is open & a cleaner needs but a little twist, no bending, to
go straight to the chamber bottom.  Talking about the bottom, in
this case, it is covered with Bird's eye.  The pipe qualifies as a
Grp 6 size, 7 the chamber diameter is such that it easily takes
my thumb.  It's 9/10" at the inner rim.  Exec. cond.  Used.
5.25" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $325.
Bill walther #314101
I know Bill, and his pipes (I've purchased two) from our West
Coast Pipe Show, but I don't know how much the rest of the pipe
world knows his work.  They should; he makes fine pipes &
provides excellent value.  This Grp 6 Virgin is one example.  
The draw is wide-open, my thumb fits into the chamber, the
subtle straight grain is going to pop as smoke darkens the bowl
& the condition is near-new.  Fun brindle stem, too.  Used.
5.25" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $225.
George Jensen #31426
Georg Jensen pipes rarely impress me.  This one is a good step
or two up from the others I"ve seen.  It's a Grp 5 size with an
open draw and a comfortable ebonite stem that is mark-free.  
This pipe was donated by Rick Newcombe & so probably
acquired during one of his trips to Denmark to spend time with
and interview the Danish pipe makers.  Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 45 grams. $65.
Erik Nording #314107
Large...Grp 6, at least and with a chamber into which I can
easily fit my thumb.  The cond. is exc., as is the draw.  The stem
is ebonite.  Cut so that it is very comfortable in the hand.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $35.
Mark Tinsky Sunrise #31431
A Grp 6 size, with an uncoated chamber, into which I can fit my
thumb.  Besides the "Sunrise" designation, there is also a 4 in a
circle on the bottom of the shank.  The draw is open 7 the stem
is acrylic.  Unsmoked.
5.9" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. $225.
Red Hat (by Kjeld Sørensen #31443
Grp 5 in size, maybe a bit larger.  You can see all the work that
went into the making of this pipe, so there's no need to belabor
that point.  What  you might not notice is that Kjeld chose to use
a twin-bore stem.  New.
5.3" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $315
Red Hat (Kjeld Sørensen) #31447
A group 5 size, although the bulbous nature of the snail might
make it look larger.  Cross grain & Bird's Eye make this even
more dramatic looking.  The stem is ebonite.  New.
5.15" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $375.
Walt Cannoy #31456
If your standard for judging a pipe is by the number of knuckles
the bamboo shank contains, this 5 knuckler should be high on
your list of desirable acquisitions.  The straight grain is exc. all
around the bowl, with no serious fall-off.  The bowl is Grp 5 size.
More importantly, the draw is wide-open.  A nice engineering
feat, I would imagine.  The stem is ebonite.  Used.
9" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $345
Ardor Venere "Pipes & Tobaccos" 2001 Pipe of the Year
This was donated by "Pipes & Tobaccos" magazine to help
raise money for Rolando Negoita.  It comes with its original
sleeve and box, which confirms that it is #143 of that release.  
The number is also stamped on the pipe.  It's a Grp. 5 size, in
virgin finish with a hallmarked silver spigot treatment.  The draw
is open. These pipes sold for close to $600 at the time.  We're
going to give you quite a price break, as well as a chance to
contribute to Rolando's fund.   New.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $345.
Royal Comoy #314117
This grade, as you may know, was the precursor to the Blue
Riband.  This piece has cross grain & Bird's Eye to recommend
it.  The worst part of the condition here is the tooth indent on
the button on top of the stem.  The wear on the rim and the
oxidized stem, with the original 3 part "C" logo, can be re-stored
with a little effort.  It's Grp. 5 size.  I can tell you that while
the insides may need cleaning, the taste is very clean.  It is not
a smelly pipe, at all.  It may provide lots of classic joy. Used.
5.9" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 37 grams. $65.
Peterson Tankard #314127
Here's a nice opportunity to get something good for yourself
plus do some good for another.  This little Tankard is in exc.
cond., needing only a stem cleaning and a little alcohol in the
shank to make it the perfect pipe to shove into a jacket for a
short walk with the dog or a short commute ride.  How's 20-25
minutes sound?  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 25 grams. $45.
Luigi Viprati #314122
A classic Bulldog from Luigi, and there are aspects of this pipe
that make me think it's an early work, such as the bone stem &
the way his name is etched into the wood.  But it can't be too
early because he's clearly in command of his skill in executing a
standard shape...never an easy thing to master.  The size is
Grp 4 and with a little cleaning, it will be in exc. cond., with the
exception of a small tooth indent on the bottom of the stem that
is barely visible and only slightly felt.  Open draw. Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $85.
Senatarov #31466 (SOLD 3/20/18)
The deep, sharp ring grain blast that circles the bowl seems to
be an attempt to duplicate Jim Cooke's style.  It's well
don...maybe a poor man's Cooke because this is coming in at
about 1/3 of a new Cooke.  The bowl is uncoated, the size is
Grp 6, the stem is vulcanite and the draw is open.  New.
5.65" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $265.
2007 Kaywoodie Pipe of the Year
This Grp. 7 sized beauty was donated by Bill Feurbach, who is
the proprietor of Kaywoodie and the venerable S.M. Frank pipe
Co.  He's also a member of the Hudson Valley Pipe Club, and
the members of that group, too numberous for me to mention,
have donated a lot of superb pipes and deserve better
treatment than I'm giving them, but they all live near, and know,
Rolando and I'm positive they care more about helping him than
in recognition from this site.  But I want them all to know how
grateful we all are for their assistance.  The same goes for all
the donors, of course.  The Guss bros., Rick Newcombe,
Shunya Togashi and his crowd, Richard Friedman for his
super generous contribution.  It could go on.  Please forgive me
for those I've not mentioned.  Know that you're not forgotten &
are written in on my spread sheet because this is getting to be
a bigger project than one old man can readily handle.  So far,
so good.  This pipe has an open draw, an uncoated bowl & a
chamber into which I can fit my thumb.  In 2007 it was $190. New
6.5" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 75 grams. $150.
Ser Jacopo Picta Picasso 15 #31482
This octagonal beauty doesn't, I suppose, depict any specific
pipe that Picasso painted, but it does have a very special,
stellar silver ferrule that shows images from Picasso's most
famous work, Guernica, commemorating the deaths of about
1500 people by the Spanish Fascist forces of Francisco
Franco.  This pipe, besides some fine Bird's Eye and flame
grain has a great color, or patina.  It should smoke beautifully.
It's a grp 6 size, with an open draw.  There are some little dings
on the bowl.  The rim, stem & chamber are in exc. cond. Used.  
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 75 grams. $275.
Tonni Nielsen #31487
This pipe looks better in the hand than it does on the page.  It is
another example of a master's skill.  there is a 7 stamped on the
shank, so maybe that's a grade, although I never knew Tonni
graded his pipes, leaving it up to a hopefully discerning clientele
to determine how good one of his pipes is.  This one is a Grp 5
size, with a wide-open draw & a hand-cut ebonite stem.  A
cleaner flows right into the chamber.  Exec. cond. Used.
5.6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $345.