Former Danish Egg #45-84EG
A group 6 in size, and in exc. cond., with an open draw.  
Consider that this shape is by its nature one of the most
comfortable of fits, and the addition of a sandblast texture only
enhances the experience.  I like it that Former has never
succumbed to patronizing his clients with a grading system,
showing that he respects their ability to discern quality without
requiring the hand-holding of grades.  Vulcanite stem.  Used.
5.65" long.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $950.
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Jørn Larsen #218178BK
4.7" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams.
$395.Another beautiful shape from Jørn Larsen.  Can we agree
that this shank shape is a signature design of Jørn's?  The
bowl, a
Brandy, is super comfortable in the hand and the brindle stem
beautifully complements the dark stain.  The draw is open.  Be-
cause of the bowl shape, overall I'd say it's a Grp. 5 in size, but
the chamber capacity is probably closer to a Grp. 4.  All pipes
catch my wandering eyes, but this combination does so more
than most.  I think it's beautiful.  Vulcanite stem.  New.
4.7" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $395.
Tao #529109
Tao is a unique kind of guy, or so I thought when we were
together at the annual Dortumnd tobacconists show in
Germany, and his pipes are also unique.  Nobody even copies
his work with any accuracy or success.  This is an unsmoked
Tao with prominent cross grain & Bird's Eye.  Hard to say, be-
cause of its asymmetry, if it's a Grp. 5 or 6 in size, but i can
pretty much get my thumb into the chamber.  Unsmoked.
5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight; 2.25 oz., 64 grams. $2400
Tom Eltang Sun #4506DB
2/3 of the pipe have fabulous Bird's Eye & the other 1/3 is com-
prised of tight cross grain.  The photos can't do justice to the
sculpted quality of the pipe. But it's Eltang, so you know. Grp. 5.
6" long.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. New.  $1450.
Peter Heding  #45039DB (SOLD)
Although this might actually be a gold grade, I'm going to price
the pipe as a bronze, not being able to discern the difference
without both colors in front of me.  Plus, with all this rustication,
bronze seems a safer guess.  That quibble aside, this is a
beautiful pipe, with a wide-open draw and comfortable, flat stem.
It's Grp. 5 in total size, but the chamber is narrow and thus
clocks in as a 4.  New.
5.25" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $495.
Vollmer & Nilsson #529295DB
Messrs. Vollmer & Nilsson beautifully figured out how to get this
piece of briar to relinquish its abundant Bird's Eye and cross
grain pattern.  The size is Grp. 5.  The draw is wide-open with a
vulcanite stem.  A pipe cleaner flows right to the bottom of the
chamber.  New.
5.8" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 48 grams. $525.
Joao Reis #112030RG
This pipe appears to be strongly influenced by both Tom Eltang
and Bo Nordh.  The consignor stated that Reis worked with
Nordh and we know he moved from Portugal to live in Denmark.
This beautiful piece is unsmoked, has an open draw and is well
constructed with the draft opening right at the bottom of the
bowl.  Although it is not a big pipe, the chamber capacity will
provide for a smoke that is at least average in lenght and
probably longer.  
5 1/4" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 1/2 oz., 43 grams. $1145
Kurt Balleby #529240RN
This pipe was donated by Kurt the  purpose of helping Rolando
Negoita, who suffered a brain tumor.  Thus, I plan to also post it
on the Specials page where the other donated pipes reside.  All
the other pipes are subject to the discount; this one is not.  It
is being offered at an exceedingly low price for such a fine,
straight grain Balleby.  There are two little dings on the top of
the shank.  The pipe is Grp. 4, with an open draw, an ebonite
stem & is without a grade, perhaps because it was donated.  All
of the Balleby quality is in this great Apple. New.
4.85" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $1350.
Kurt Balleby #1123195 (SOLD)
Beautiful Bird's Eye & cross grain in exc. cond.  Grp 5 size with
open draw & vulcanite stem.  A pipe cleaner easily goes to the
bottom of the chamber.  The flat stem makes the pipe super
comfortable to hold in the mouth.   Used.
5.4" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 3/4 oz., 48 grams. $425.
Tao #52975
For those that are drawn to Tao's unique shapes, this pipe
offers good straight grain, an open draw, a very comfortable
hand-feel, a hefty Grp. 4 size & what I think must be a good
price for a new Tao based on what I've seen when checking
other sites to get a handle on price.  New.
5" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $1875.
Søren Eric Andersen (SEA) #1112-187
This is something completely different and the carving
represents a tobacco leaf.  You can see this pipe on page 177
of Jan Andersson's fabulous book "Scandinavian Pipemakers."
It's full of biographies and color photographs of pipes you'll
covet.  Well, one of them is here.  It's large, a Grp. 7 in size, I'd
say, with an open draw and an inset ring in the shank.  New.
6.75" long.  Weight: 3 oz., 86 grams. $1195.
Nording #45199
Grp. 7 size with both a thick chamber wall of .5" & a chamber
capacity that can take my thumb.  The cond. is near-new & the
grain is good all around.  The fancy stem work alone is worth
the price.  The draw is fairly good, but could be opened more,
which I should be able to do.  It does have a "1" stamped on the
bottom, but this is far too nice to be a low end Nording.  Used.
6.75" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2.75 oz., 79 grams. $75.
Jorgen L Grade E #89-3032JJ
Somewhere in this whole, wide world there must be someone
with an insatiable curiosity as to how different tobaccos taste
and research projects are nearly endless, and this is the pipe
with which to exercise that curiosity.  By twisting the ring
between the shank and the bowl and lining up the dots, one can
smoke from the chamber on the left, the one on the right or both
at the same time.  How curious are you?
6.3" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 3.5 oz., 99 grams. $2400.
Kjeld sorensen (Red Hat) #615-283JJ
This is definitely a sculpture, with a different looking pipe each
time you turn it and see it from a different perspective.  I sup-
pose you would call it a Blowfish, but that tells only a small part
of the story here.  It's not big; maybe a Grp. 4.5 in size, but
there is a lot going on, including fine Bird's Eye on one side.
5.4" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. Price: $445.
Jorgen L #111206
That straight grain goes all around the bowl & a pipe cleaner
goes right through to the chamber bottom.  The draw is open,
is bone.  the cond. is exc.  Despite the pipe's generally large
more than 1/2."  Used.
6 1/8" long, bowl  2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $345.
S. Bang #529200DB
This is graded 9.  It has a wide-open draw and a comfortable
feel, with an invitation to just sip on your favorite, slow-smoke
blend.  I thought I was going to have trouble capturing this dark,
contrasting stain, but I think it is depicted quite well.  The shape
helps give an impression of a short pipe, but it's a Grp. 5 size.
the original Bang paper label is still in the chamber.  New.
5.4" long.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz.,  49 gram.  $1450.
Nording Hand Made #821257CO
Grp 5 size, with a chamber into which I can fit my thumb.  A
Nording band and the silver Nording "N" on the stem add to the
pipe's looks and the 'near-new' condition adds to its value.  
Actually, I'm not sure it's ever been smoked, but I'll call it used.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $75.
Stanwell #210244
I was going to call this a Grp. 4 size, but it seemed a bit larger
than that, so I measured it against the Dunhill size template & it
is a Grp. 5.  You can see the burn mark on the outside of the
rim over the stem, and the slight wear on the rim.  The stem is
mark-free and the band is original & sterling.  The draw is open.
5.75" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 49 grams. Used. $45.
Stanwell's P&T Pipe of the Year 2002 529-11RF
I looked up P&T"s POYs, and you can contact the magazine &
purchase any of the years you might want...except for 2002.  
This model is 'sold out.'  Well, not entirely...one is right here for
you and it will only cost you money, and as we all know, money
these days is worth nothing.  Certainly not as much as a
beautiful pipe.  This one was designed for P&T by Jess
Chonowitsch.  Grp. 5 size, & unsmoked & at a bargain.  New.
5.55" long.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. $445
Stanwell Hans Christian Andersen #45218
This pipe originally came with a 2nd, normal length stem, but
used pipes don't always come in the way you'd like so this has
only the churchwarden stem as accompaniment.  Because you
can't see the button end of the stem due to length, let me
assure you that there is nothing more than a touch of tooth
chatter on the bottom of the stem.  The rest of the condition is
excellent, too.  The draw is wide open.  It has a Grp. 4 size bowl
or maybe even a 5.  Used.
11.25" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $75.
Saga #210289SD (SOLD)
Although we know Saga pipes were made in Kolding, Denmark,
according to Pipedia, we know little else about them.  But
Kolding was the town in which Bari pipes were made, initially by
viggo Nielsen and his two sons (Kai & Jørgen) so it's not unsafe
to believe that in a town of 35,000 Saga was somehow
connected with Bari.  This is a Grp. 6 size, in exc. cond. other
than slight scratches on both sides of the bowl.  Used.
5.5" long, bowl 2.45" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $60.
S. Bang 4 #112320TT
There's a number 4 stamped on the shank, so I'll guess that's
the grade of this rather undistinguished pipe, based on the
grain pattern, not the smoking quality.  For all any of us know,
this could be the absolute greatest smoking pipe ever created
by man or Spaniel.  It's a Grp. 5, and I can tightly fit my thumb
into the chamber.  The condition is near-new.  Used, I think.
5.15" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. $425.
Georg Jensen #210274SD  (SOLD)
Because the walls are thin, and because there is a dark spot
over the shank I smoked this pipe, and it performed perfectly
well.  Granted, I did smoke it slowly, but so should you.  The
pipe did not get hot.  FYI, there is no crackling inside the
chamber, either by sight or by the fingernail test.  Open draw.  
5" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 25 grams. Used. $45.
Jorgen L Grade F #45074
That very classic, perhaps signature shape, of Jorgen Larsen's,
the Cognac, or Brandy.  This pipe is a Grp. 4 in exc. cond., with
a wide-open draw, which is to be expected from a perfectionist
like Jorgen, one of the early greats whose pipes certainly still
withstand the test of time, and always will, imo.  Used.
5.8" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $250.
S. Bang #82101BB
Smoked maybe once, so to say it's in excellent condition is an
understatement.  It's a compact pipe, but not small.  Grp 4 size
would be an accurate depiction, with a deep chamber.  The
draw is open & the stem is ebonite.  It is graded 9.  Used.
5.2" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $750.
Georg Jensen #210284SD
Either a large Grp. 3 size, or small Grp. 4, in fine cond., with
cross grain right over the stem & at the front of the bowl.  Minor
tooth chatter, if that, on the stem.  Stem is narrow, for those that
prefer that to wider stems.  Draw is wide-open.  There are
scratches on the front of the bowl.  Used.
5.45" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 30 grams. $45.
S. Bang Pipe 15127 #210-95
Easily a Grp. 6 in size, but with walls so thick that the chamber
size is not that large.  Still, it is hard to argue with the thick walls
when the rim exhibits such marvelous Bird's Eye grain.  The
straight grain all around is not bad, either.  Of course the con-
struction is great, so the draw is open.  Vulcanite stem.  New.
5.7" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 73 grams. $2865
S. Bang 6 #112333TT
Very clean & crisp on one of those round, comfortable-to-hold
shapes in a Grp. 5, or larger, size.  My thumb does fit easily into
the chamber, but the chamber is not deep.  The draw is wide-
open & the hand-cut stem is deftly made.  Silver "Bang" ring.
5.9" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams.  Used. $495.
Vollmer & Nilsson #623011
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder & in this case, it's also in
my eyes.  Your personal taste will dictate how you feel about
this "Ball" from V&N. The shank is fairly thin (but not pencil
shanked) & fairly short, but the bowl is  a Grp. 6 & my thumb fits
into the chamber.  The draw is wide open & it is uncoated. New.
5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $525.
Svend Bang A by U.N. #529-067
Certainly at least a Grp. 6 in size, with a wide-open draw and a
draw hole on the bottom of the chamber.  And, with a bit of a
twist, the cleaner goes all the way through to that chamber.  
The stem is vulcanite and the pipe is unsmoked .  New.
5.6" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $2450.
Jorn Larsen #823-42
A simple, classic, always comfortable shape from one of the top
Danish makers at a very reasonable price.  Better yet, the draw
is wide-open and a pipe cleaner passes easily through to the
chamber bottom.  It's a Gpr. 5 in size & the stem is vulcanite.  
The band is not hallmarked or stamped, but it has the patina of
sterling and I can hardly imagine Jorn would use a lesser
material for one of his pipes.  Unsmoked.
5.8" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. $225.
S. Bang by Per Hansen #1112-292CO  N/A
A Group 5 in size, with the kind of winning blast most U.S. pipe
collectors prefer, deep, somewhat sharp and ring grained.  The
draw and construction are as you would expect from a Bang &
a cleaner goes right to the chamber.  I don't know the inspiration
for the stain color they use on blasts, when they're not using
black, but I like it.  The hand cut stem is flat & comfortable. New.
5.3" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. $1045.
Former #111232
again Former's brilliance at pipe carving.  It's not that small; it's
a Grp. 4 or even 5 in overall size, although the amount of briar
used for the bowl enforces a small tobacco chamber.  The cond.
is near-new and the stem is vulcanite.  Used.
5.2" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. $850.
Lasse Skovgaard #529104
The bowl and chamber size are those of a Grp. 3 size in diam-
eter, but the depth of the bowl provides room enough for a
lengthier smoke than a typical Grp. 3.  The cond. is exc. & the
draw is open.  The stem material is vulcanite.  With a little twist
(or sometimes not even that effort) a cleaner goes through.
5.85" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 27 grams. $245.
Former #45-104EG
It's uncommon to see an acrylic stem on a top end Danish pipe,
but in this case, we have one.  The pipe is a Grp.4 size, in
excellent condition with a reddish & black stain that dramatically
sets off the complex set of grain patterns that adorn the bowl.
.5.5" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $795.
Former #45-109EG
One of the many mysteries of pipe making, at least to me, is
how does a pipe maker, with as varied a skill set as Former,
Former can make any shape he wants, and have it be one of
the best examples of that shape ever.  So, here, he chose to
make a version of the Danish Free Hand.  Why?  Because he
wanted to use as much of this fabulous briar block as possible?
Look at the grain...it is Grp. 6 or even a 7 and the ring grain
runs all around the bowl from top to bottom.  And in this way, he
managed also to keep the plateau, telling the customer that this
pipe came from the best part of the burl.  The cond. is exc., the
draw is wide-open and the stem is acrylic.  It won't oxidize. Used.
6" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 63 grams. $835.
Nording "17" #52999
The 17 grade is one of Nording's highest, predicated, I imagine,
on the quality of the briar and the grain.  this is a Grp. 6 size, in
exc. cond. with an open draw & the ability to take a cleaner
straight through to the chamber.  Used.
5.5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 71 grams. $125.
S. Bang by Per Hansen #218206BK
This pipe was smoked, I'm guessing, but is in near-new
condition.  It's a Grp. 5 in size and to me, it's a signature shape
of S. Bang, or maybe just Per.  Besides his initials, it is also
stamped with an "A" and the band has a sterling hallmark. The
draw is wide-open & the hand-cut stem is vulcanite.  Used.
5.15" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $1445.
Bari Amber #210129 (SOLD)
Bari, made in Kolding, Denmark, which I've visited a number of
times because it is the home of both Kurt Balleby and Jorgen
Larsen, earned the title (bestowed by me) as the best value
pipe on the market.  Not always...various Danish companies
held that title at different times.  this piece is a Grp. 3 in terms of
chamber capacity.  The cond. of the pipe is very good, with a
little char on one spot of the rim and very minor tooth chatter.
4.65" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $35.
Vollmer & Nilsson #62368
The pipe is short, but the bowl is Grp.4 size, and the draw is
wide-open with an exceedingly comfortable, flat hand-cut stem.
The trim, under a strong lens, appears to be bone.  It is not
plastic.  Look at the straight grain blast on both sides of the
bowl, and then revel in the fact that the pipe is another great
product from Anders & Martin, purists in a most
unself-absorbed way.  Just truly dedicated.  New.
4.65" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $495.
S. Bang by Per Hansen #218279BK
If the purpose of this shape is to take advantage of great cross
grain and Bird's Eye, Per has done it here.  The sides of the
pipe, including the shank, make a great display for the cross
grain while the bottom and front of the bowl provide fascination
for the Bird's Eye lover (which includes me).  It's not a large
pipe, probably a Group 4 tobacco chamber & it defies the
standard problem of this shape by being comfortable in the
hand and in the mouth.  The draw is wide-open and the
condition is excellent, it having been barely smoked.  Used.
5.4" long.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 38 grams. $1225..
W.O. Larsen Select #11704FT (SOLD)
If this didn't have one tiny fill, it would be either a Pearl or a 10.
The cross grain & Bird's Eye grain makes this briar major eye
candy.  Plus, it's also very large, as in a Grp. 7 size.  The draw
is open and the stem is vulcanite.  It is unsmoked.  New.
6.75" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 62 grams. $150.
Stanwell #529-39
Firstly, the only nomenclature is on the silver ferrule, so I don't
know if this pipe was made in Denmark or Italy.  BUT...the
damned diamond shaped silver ferrule was glued just a bit
misaligned, if that tells you anything.  (It looks like
somebody...not me, tried with pliers to re-align that ferrule).  It's
in exc. cond., has an open draw and is Grp. 4 size.  It's not a
real spigot as the part that goes into the shank is a vulcanite
tenon.  The stem if flat and quite comfortable.  Used.
4.9" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $50.
Tom Eltang Star #45010DB
the Star, I believe, was just under Tom's highest grade at the
time, which was the Snail.  What could be better about this pipe
I do not know, unless you would like a larger pipe.  It's about a
Grp 4 size.  Of course it has an open draw and a cleaner
passes right through.  The stem is vulcanite.  It should also be
mentioned that the bowl is upright, so that you will not spill
embers on your slacks, unless you choose to.  new.
5.8" long.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. $1350.
Vollmer & Nilsson #62363
The ideal, unobtainable perfect pipe would be a perfect straight
grain Billiard.  That is probably the dream of every great pipe
maker.  This one is not that pipe, but look at it...it's is iconic, & I
do not use that word lightly, and I hardly use that word at all.
Interestingly, I saw this pipe's great-grandfather when lunching
with an old friend recently.  He had a 1930 Dunhill, his birth
year, that must have been the model for this by the great V&N
duo.  It's Grp. 4 size, with wide-open draw, uncoated chamber,
hand-cut stem for comfort and beautiful cross-cut & Bird's Eye.
5.3" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 30 grams. New. $625.
Tom Eltang Snail #45024DB
The Snail, at the time this pipe was made, was Tom's very highest
grade.  Looking at the grain, especially the Bird's Eye, it's easy to
see why this piece merited that designation.  The pipe is a Grp. 5
although the capacity of the chamber is probably closer to Grp 4.
The draw is open & pipe cleaner breezes through to the chamber.
6" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. New. $2200.
Stanwell #21047
Based on what I considered the intrinsic worth of this unique, old
Sanwell, I wanted to price it @ $125, but I thought that might be
high for a Stanwell.  Then I looked around a little and saw the
prices others are asking for even used, much more pedestrian
Stanwells and realized it should be priced even higher.  It has
Regis. numbers and an open draw.  It is unsmoked.  New.
5.6" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $125.
W.Ø. Larsen Super #45232
The cross grain & the Bird's Eye on this tall bowl, plus the shape
of the pipe, are the salient parts here.  But the condition, too,
including the mark-free stem, are noteworthy.  Apparently, how-
ever, it is not a completely unusual shape as "98" is stamped
on the bottom, which I presume is a shape number.  The draw
is open and a cleaner goes through, if you've one long enough.
6.75" long, bowl 2.65" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 49 grams. $85.