Pre-Transition Barling Special #623265AG
It's a "Special" because of the fine cross grain that runs up &
down both sides of the bowl.  The shape # is a 3 digit "487" &
the size is an EXEL.  Besides being a
Special,  it also has the
Ye Olde Wood & T.V.F. designations.  The stem logo is almost
entirely buffed out, with only the merest vestiges visible, but it is
clearly there, declaring this to be an original stem.  On the rim is
a bit of normal carbon residue.  All-in-all, a fine example of good
old Barling briar.  Open draw.  Used.
5.5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $325.
Charatan Crown Achievement #45053DB
I think it's the best grained Charatan I've ever seen.  "Made by
Hand in City of London."  In the 1960's, a Crown Achievement
had a $4,000 price tag.  This specific "rare Crown
Achievement"  was featured with a full 1/2 page photo in the
Winter 2003 issue of "Pipes & Tobaccos" magazine.  It comes
in a fine, leather box.  What else you wanna know? Unsmoked.
6.5" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. $5000
1970 Dunhill Bruyere 848 ODA
The size of this pipe leaves no question that it's an ODA.  The
F/T stem is original and in exc. cond. but there is wear on the
inner rim of the chamber.  The nomenclature is clearly legible,
but it has been buffed down and can't be called crisp.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $265.
Willmer Extra Grain AB #21037  (SOLD 2/25/19)
The pipe is in exc. cond., and it does sit up, tilted back, on the
flat bottom of the shank.  For you historians, you can check to
see if this is the first time that an English pipe of note was
produced with an acrylic stem.  The chamber has a large
capacity, both wide and deep.  Used.
3.8" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 74 grams. $50.
1989 Dunhill Cumberland #1123267 (SOLD 2/12/19)
There is a little wear on the inner rim of the bowl top, which only
serves to soften the look and in no way compromises the pipe.
The stem is in exc. cond. and the draw is open.  The pipe is a
Grp. 4, shape # 4108.  Used.
5.35" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1,5 oz., 45 grams. $150.
Peterson Royal Irish #1123281TT (SOLD 2/21/19)
Shape # XL02, which I mention because it seems to be a
favorite.  The pipe is Grp. 5 size.  Light stain and presumably
clean wood with a standard button providing an open draw.  The
condition is excellent and the band is sterling, but without a hall-
mark, so I can't give you the year of production  Used.
5.65" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 76 grams. $75.
Charatan Special #1123271TT
Larger than a Grp. 5, but maybe not quite so large as a 6.  I can
get my thumb into the chamber.  The cond. is exc., & it has both
the "CP" logo on the DC stem & the "L" stamped on the bottom
of the shank.  The draw is open & with the flat shank, it sits up.  
It is also stamped "Made by Hand" "City of London."
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. Used. $75.
Charatan Special #210101 (SOLD 3/5/19)
This is a special Special.  I don't know why it wasn't designated
a Distinction, at least.  The grain warrants is, I believe.  In any
case, it's quite large...a Grp. 7, say, or maybe bigger.  By way
of comparison, I can easily fit my thumb into the chamber,
despite the walls being well over 6/10" thick.  The draw is open.
The nomenclature has the "L" as well as "Made by Hand in City
of London."  Unlike Dunhill, the chamber is not coated...hooray!
What would this pipe have to cost of made today?  Plenty.  New.
7.5" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 3 5/8 oz., 104 grams. $225.
1940 Pat. # Shell #42424RF
While on the phone recently with legendary pipe repair/restore
man Ronni B, we were talking about the historical value of col-
lecting WWII era pipes.  It does not appear to be a category that
attracts attention, although there are so many interesting,
diverse pieces that can be amassed.  As this does not have
a Pat. # that indicates it was made in the U.S., it must have been
made in England...during the Blitz?  This is a historically
significant pipe and in exc. cond.  It's a Grp. 3.  Dig it.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 5/8 oz., 19 grams. $450.
Sasieni Four Dot #210111TT (SOLD 3/4/19)
The classics live!  Well, only in great blasts from the past, like
this family-era unsmoked "Lancashire."  it's a Grp. 4 size & is
still waiting for some worthy to take it on its maiden voyage. New
5.6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 35 grams. $165.
Comoy's Blue Riband #424114GL (SOLD 2/27/19)
This pipe needs an experienced, gentle smoker.  While the rim
and most of the chamber are in very good condition, it has
been smoked hot.  If poorly treated, it could burn through.  If
treated carefully, it will last indefinitely.  The stem is a
replacement & the draw is open.  The taste is clean...it was not
subjected to aromatics or even latakia.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 34 grams. $45.
Sasieni Four Dot "Moorgate" #210296
Excellent condition.  Near new is not wrong.  The stem is
pristine (but a bit oxidized) as is the rim and chamber.  The
carving on this rustic speaks for itself.  Used, I think.
5.2" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $110
Askwith Morta #112353AC
A large Morta, with a wide-open draw and in near-new cond.  I
think it was smoked once.  The chamber is deed, obviously, but
because the walls are so thick (over 4/10") the tobacco capa-
city is not overwhelming.  Doesn't both the morbid name of the
wood and the color demand some spice?  Askwith does it here
with his stemwork.  That yellow, and black horizontal linear
pattern adds a wonderfully balancing touch to the strong vertical
aspect of the bowl.  The English aren't completely dead.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.75" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 73 grams. $225.
Peterson Supreme Special #210106TT (SOLD 3/1/19)
You Peterson devotees will know better than me, but "Supreme
Special" seems like an uncommon designation.  The cond. is
exc., the band is .375 gold (although I can't read the word
under "Peterson's" on the band) and it's a Grp. 5 size.  Best of
all, despite the P-lip the pipe has an open draw, which proves
that Peterson could do that regularly if they wanted.  Also the
"P" logo on the stem is in gold.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 65 grams. $115.
1933 Dunhill Root #821183  
What a pain in the ass to describe.  First of all, I don't see any
crack in the inside of the shank, so the repair band is for the
crack that goes along mostly the top of the shank on the
outside.  Then, the guy that owned this pipe, a Dr. Orahood as I
understand it, etched his name on the shank, as was his wont
with all the pipes he owned, essentially ruining them for anyone
else.  Ach, dem doctors.  Enough, precious little, of the patent
number is visible for me to determine the date of production, but
the stem is not original, although it still has tooth marks on the
top & bottom of the stem...none deep enough to compromise
the stem's stability.  Happily, the rim and chamber are in good,
original condition.  BTW, what is left of the nomenclature is
buffed down, but legible.  Use of a lens is suggested.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 37 grams.  $135.
 
 
 
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Barling Pre-Transition EXEXEL #82151
The bowl & inner chamber are in very good cond.  The same can-
not be said about the stem, or even the nomenclature.  There are
bite marks on the top & bottom of the stem, & although they're not
deep, they are fairly numerous.  Nor has the logo been allowed to
remain on the stem (which does, however, seem to be original).  
Despite being buffed down, all the nomenclature is legible & the
shape number of the pipe is 276.  used.
6.5" long, bowl 2.15" tall. Weight:  2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $175.  
2003 Dunhill Cumberland #62398
Cumberland, or Shell, it makes no difference...As there's no
smooth top that signifies a real Cumberland (by my definition)
this can be looked at as a Shell with a dark brown stain and a
brindle stem.  It's nice.  Wide-open draw, when the metal tube is
removed, Grp. 4 size (shape 4103).  New.
5.5" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 33 grams. $375.
1960 Dunhill Tanshell #821329 (SOLD 2/15/19)
A Grp 4 in exc. cond, with a crisp inner rim showing only a little
carbon residue but no wear.  The nomenclature is also clear.
The stem is mark-free & the draw is open.  Used.
5.45" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 37 grams. $350.
Upshall B "FH" & "HC" #227268KM
This might be the elephant in the room.  It is that large. the B
grade is higher than their standard, high quality, P grade & the
grain reflects that.  I don't know what the "HC" stands
for...maybe 'hand cut?'  The condition is excellent, with no wear
on the rim (a little inevitable carbon residue) & no marks on the
stem.  "Extra Large" is stamped on the shank, but that seems
like rather superfluous information to anyone but Paul Bunyan.
7.7" long, bowl 3.4" tall.  Weight: 4 oz., 114 grams. Used. $225.
Barling's Make Ye Olde Wood #26753
The bowl, the rim, the chamber, the nomenclature are all in
exc. cond.  The shape # is a 3 digit 233 and the size is
stamped as EL.  It's about the size and shape of a Dunhill LB.  
The draw is wide-open, but the stem is almost assuredly new,
and the stem logo is definitely newly minted.   Vulcanite. Used
6" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. $225.
1963 Dunhill Tanshell #1123186
The far side of the rim was abused with a lighter, no doubt, &
the chamber needs reaming (it'll be done before the pipe goes
out) & it is stamped Grp. 3, but that's because of the length of
the shank...the chamber capacity is more like a Grp. 2, I think.
5.3" long, bowl 1.6" tall  Weight: 3/4 oz., 22 grams. Used. $145.
1981 Dunhill Root Briar #112335
Grp. 4 in size and in nearly-new condition (although there is a
little black line on the rim, over the shank, that comes from I
don't know where.  It's clearly not from a burn...maybe from a
Sharpie?  Also, below that, on the bowl, a little ding in the wood)
with good Bird's Eye and cross grain.  The draw is open, but
you do have to bend the tip of the cleaner to get it to easily go
through to the chamber bottom, even with the stem out.  Used.
4.8" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz, 42 grams. $235
Invicta "Hand Made by Colin Fromm" #210231TT (SOLD)
Grp. 6 size in very good cond. with only a touch of wear on the
inside chamber rim.  The chamber is large enough for me to put
my thumb inside 7 the draw is wide-open.  Dig the straight grain.
6.25" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $75.
Comoy's Sandblast #210279SD
This pipe is not in concours condition, but it is in very fine
smoking condition.  I see that the butt end of the shank at the
stem may have suffered a little sanding.  But, with a little
cleaning up and chamber reaming, it will deliver the smoke of
an old Comoy's, which it is.  The stem is clearly older, and
original, with the 3 part "C."  There is only minor tooth chatter
on the stem bottom.  The nomenclature is quite clear.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. $75.
Charatan Executive #112352TT (SOLD 2/17/19)
There is that little wear on that inner rim of the chamber, but all
the other components of a straight grain Charatan are in place,
including the "L" and the "CP" stem logo.  Grp. 5 size, with
plenty of wood on the bowl, again a feature typical of most
free hand Charatans.  Great smoke.  Wide-open draw.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $95.
Barling Guinea Grain #424-83
A touch of wear is visible at one part of the inner bowl rim,
and the logo on the stem is freshly stamped.  The "Barling"
is in script; family era Guinea Grains employ a "Barling's,"
with an apostrophe 's'.  The 4 digit shape number is 5294
so the conclusion is that this is post family production.   It
appears to be a Grp. 4 in size with a wide-open draw.  Used.
5.25" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight:1oz., 27 grams. $55.
Charatan Distinction #821309TT
As for condition, the pipe is unsmoked, and as for pedigree, it
has the Lane "L" on the shank, plus "Made by Hand in City of
London."  Grp. 6 size, with a chamber diameter large enough for
me to put my thumb into.  The draw is wide-open. New.
5.9" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $195.
Charatan Executive #112393TT (SOLD 4/11/19)
The inner rim of the chamber has but a touch of carbon residue
(which should buff out easily) but there is a little ding on the
outer part of the rim.  The D.C. stem has the merest hint of
tooth chatter, all of which is to say that this pipe is in very good
cond.  It has the Lane "L" and the "CP" on the stem has been
buffed severely down, but is not entirely gone.  You can see it.  
It's a large Grp. 5 size, or even a 6.  The draw is open and the
inside of the chamber has barely been smoked.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 45 grams. $95.
Dunhill Shell Shape #10882CO
The shape # is 3205, so this must have sold as a Grp. 3 in size,
but it is clearly a full-fledged 4, so right away, you're a leg up if
you get this Dunhill.  In fact, I can almost fit my thumb into the
chamber.  The year of production, stamped after the "England"
is blurry, but I'm going to guess it's a 1998.  At any rate, it's
from the '90's and is unsmoked, with the tube still in the shank.
Even with the tube in, the draw is wide-open.  Thick walls &
nice, pronounced blast, too.  New.
5.65" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 37 grams. $315
James Upshall P #1123180 (SOLD 4/20/19)
With the exception of some little dings & scratches this Grp. 5
Bulldog is in exc. cond. with a wide-open draw.  The vulcanite
stem looks pristine and the "JU" logo is fully intact.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 45 grams. $85.
Comoy's Monaco #21057 (SOLD 3/26/19)
To start, this pipe was made in France, not England, France
being the original home of Comoy's.  Nor does it have a 3 part
"C."  There is also that one bit of wear on the inner rim and the
tooth indent on the bottom of the stem.  Yet the draw is wide-
open and I don't see any fills in the briar, although I may be
missing something.  Used.
5.15" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $45.
1963Dunhill Shell #82138
It's a Grp. 4 and the chamber rim is crisp, as is the nomencla-
ture.  There is some very minor tooth chatter on the stem.
4.5" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. $325.
2001 Ashton XXX Pebble Grain #45265DW
Other than the inevitable carbon residue on the inner rim, this
pipe is in exc. cond.  Triple X makes it a Grp. 5 size, or even a
bit larger than that.  The nomenclature is crisp.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. $225.
Pre-Transition Barling's Special EXEL #101470AG
The pipe shape # is 447 and the residue of the original stem is
visible.  Also, the cond. is exc., with a very clean stem and bowl
rim.  If there is any drawback to this pipe, I think that the thick-
ness of the wall is not in proper proportion the the diameter of
the chamber.  I would guess that the pipe might thus smoke
hot.  Yet, the pipe is used and there is no hot, or dark, spots on
bowl, so one can presume it does not smoke hot.  
5.5" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $175
BBB #89-024SR
The stamping on the band does not add up to a hallmark date,
so I don't know the exact year of this pipe, but the hole at the
end of the stem indicates a very old pipe, as does the sold
"BBB" stamped on the shank, without any other identifying info.
It is a Grp. 2 in size.  Other than the wear on the rim, the pipe is
in excellent cond.  You can see the diamond outline of the BBB
logo on the stem, but the letters have been buffed off. Used.
5" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. $135.
1986 Peterson Gold Spigot #117176AG
Grp. 5 in excellent condition with an open draw and no marks on
the stem at all.  Fine, deep blast and well hallmarked.  Interest-
ingly, there is no nomenclature stamped on the briar.  Used.
6.25" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $275.
London Castle by G. Huybrecht #4501 (SOLD 4/20/19)
Huybrecht was started in 1919 and was carefully guarded by its
owner and maker and was sold through only one shop in
London.  By the cognoscenti, it is highly prized.  This pipe is in
exc. cond., with no fills (none of his pipes did) and one sand pit.
It's a Grp. 4 size, on the large side, with an open draw and
vulcanite stem.  A cleaner goes straight through.  Used.
5.5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $75.
2003Dunhill Root #21077TT (SOLD 2/27/19)
This is a Grp 6, so it's large.  The condition is just shy of exc. in
that there is a hint of wear on the inner rim of the chamber &
very minor, even negligible, tooth marks on the stem.  A cleaner
with a crimped tip will go through to the chamber & the draw is
wide-open.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 3 oz.., 84 grams. $235.
1982 Dunhill Root Briar #227179
This is a Grp 4, with shape #41022.  With just a little turning the
pipe cleaner went through to the bottom of the chamber.  For
a basic Dunhill, there is a lot of good straight grain & no bad
grain.  The draw is open.  The condition is New.
5.5" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $445.
Willmer AAA Straight Grain  #210156
Clearly an early generation of Willmer as the tight straight grain
indicates.  It's a Grp. 7 size & the condition of the bowl,
chamber & rim are good.  The draw is open, but the stem is not
original.  It appears to be vulcanite, but I'm not certain.  Used
6 " long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz.,66 grams. $95.
Peterson's DeLuxe #210174 (SOLD)
Only a very little tooth chatter on the bottom of the stem keeps this
from being called "exc. cond."  It is small...Grp 3, but has good
cross grain & Bird's Eye.  It was "Made in England."  Used.
4.8" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 38 grams. $75.
Peterson 2001 Limited Edition 327306CO
Handsome, but be careful when holding it while smoking 'cause
that silver rim will get hot.  It's a Grp 5 in size with an open draw
& solid grain all around, with good Bird's Eye on the flat bottom
(the pipe does sit).  As you can see, it comes with a good
looking wood stand.  There is a little dent on the rim. Used.
5.45" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 73 grams. $165.
Orlik Special Straight Grain #21096SD
For one, you don't see many Orliks on the market, for whatever
reason.  They were certainly a popular enough pipe during
England's Hey Days as the preeminent pipe producing nation.
Two, when you do see an Orlik, it's very unlikely that it'll be a
Special Straight Grain.  This is a Grp. 3 size, with that one
touch of wear on the rim.  Otherwise, it's in exc. cond.  Used.
5.35" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 24 grams. $75.
Northern Briars Premier 5 #821154
The size of the pipe is what first grabs your attention.  It's a
Grp. 7 size, with very thick walls, & solid grain all around the
bowl. As there is a '12' stamped on the shank, I take that to
mean the pipe was made in 2012.  It is still unsmoked.  New.  
6" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 76 grams. $185.
Pre-Transition Barling's Bird's Eye #82163
The Birds Eye designation in a Pre-Trans Barling is uncommon.
That's on the plus side for this pipe.  The band covers 3
fissures, the stem's logo does not appear to be original to my
untrained eye, so neither does the stem itself.  The nomencla-
ture is buffed down, but it's all there and legible.  The rim &
chamber are used, but have plenty of life left.  The draw is wide-
open & the size is a Grp. 5, or at least a large 4.  Used.
5.8" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $95.
Ashton LX Old Church #424-93CO
Handsome & large with a silver ferrule that has both a sterling
hallmark and an "A" on it for Ashton.  The nomenclature has
something unique to me...a "JC" for Jim Craig, I'm sure.  This
is a Bill Ashton era pipe, but Jim was the working apprentice at
the time, as I understand it.  My thumb fits easily into the
chamber.  The draw is open and the pipe is unsmoked.  New.
7" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 80 grams. $325
Charatan Supreme #82122  (SOLD 4/23/19)
A legitimate Supreme, in all respects, including size, the "L," an
open draw and the grain quality.  There is a hint of tooth chatter
on the stem.  The dark spot on the plateau rim is not char, but
just some carbon residue.  Used.
6 5/8" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 81 grams. $395.