Northern Briars Rox Cut Regal 4 #215038 (SOLD)
Ian Walker's fine version of the Dunhill LB with a silver band to
add distinction and an extra touch of color to the pipe.  If it's
solid, traditional and quality you want, here is a prime example.
5.85" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 65 grams. New. $210
Pulvers' Prior Briar
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1976 Dunhill HU #1218495TH
Too bad my daughter doesn't smoke a pipe as this is her birth
year.  If it's yours, the pipe is in excellent condition and is a
Grp. 5.  Along with that, the pipe comes with the stem you see,
which is acrylic, and the original stem, which actually provides
a better draw than the non-oxidizing acrylic.  Used
4.35" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. $265.
Upshall P #1023100
Overall, the pipe is in good shape, but it definitely shows signs of
use.  The rim is not smooth and may have been sanded and
re-stained.  Or maybe not.  The logo has been buffed off the stem
and there is minor tooth chatter on it.  But the draw is wide-open,
the chamber is in fine cond., allowing for years of use, and the
outside bowl and long shank are in good cond., with no dings, etc.
6 1/4" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. Used. $95.
Northern Briars Rox Cut Premier 4 #215020
The rim of the bowl is smooth, and lighter in color than the body
of the pipe.  The chamber capacity is large enough to take my
thumb, although tightly.  Although it is a size 4 for Northern
Briars, it would easily be a Grp. 5 Dunhill.  The draw is wide-
open and the drilling provides for a fluffy cleaner.  New.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 57 grams. Price: $220.
Peterson's Premier Shape 307 #830995RO
After doing as much research as I can stand, it appears that
this handsome sandblast was made in 1989.  That is what I
deduce from the hallmark, if deduce is the right word.  The
condition is excellent and it's about a Grp. 5 in size.  Used.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $75.
1968 Dunhill Bruyere #1218504TH (SOLD 2/10/15)
From that precious year for Dunhill, after which their pipes were
no longer bench made one-at-a-time.  this one is in excellent
condition, is a Grp. 4 A and comes with its original vulcanite
stem and an acrylic one, with dot, in case you don't enjoy
constantly polishing and buffing vulcanite stems.  Used
4.2" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 63 grams. $245.
1937 Barling's Ye Olde Wood
It's nice stemwork, but it's not original stemwork, so I have no
idea how to price this gem.  The bowl is in very good cond., with
just a touch of wear on the inner rim.  The nomenclature on
both stem and silver are in exc., crisp condition.  The letter
revealing the date is a "B" and the initials of the Barling boys
are also on the silver.  It is a Grp. 4 in size, the draw is wide
open, so it should smoke great.  All that remains is for you to
find an old Barling's stem with logo somewhat intact.  Used.
5.9" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $295.
1950 Dunhill EK #126769SW (SOLD 2/16/15)
Not a rare shape, but uncommon to find such an old one in such
exc. cond., at the panels almost always, in my experience, show
signs of excessive heat due to an almost concave feature as a
thumbprint on each side panel.  This has no burn, but it does have
a good, crisp rim and nomenclature.  Grp. 4.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 30 grams. $450.
1890 BBB #530104SR
This graceful pipe has a threaded horn tenon, which accounts
for the fact that the stem sits just a very little past perfectly
straight.  (The photo makes it seem much more severe than is
the case.)  The condition is excellent and the draw wide-open.
5.6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. Price: $340
Pre-Transition Barling Guinea Grain EXEL #112816TD
In very good cond. with the logo quite clear on the old, orig.
stem.  There is also an "E.B." and a "Regd" (for "Registered" I
presume) on the shank.  It might be a Grp. 5 in size, and at
least a Grp. 4, which is big for an EXEL.  There ae some ding
marks on the front of the pipe toward the bottom of the bowl
and the stem has a very, very minor tooth mark on the top.  It's
super clean inside and ready to light up and enjoy. Used pipe.
5.65" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 3/4 oz., 49 grams. $450
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.
Northern Briar Rox Cut Premier #215018 (SOLD 2/15/15)
Such good values as Ian Walker's pipes tend to sell quickly,
and it's hard for me to understand how he can put out pipes for
so little.  This pipe is a Group 5 and as a "Premier" is a higher
grade than his basic model, although I'm not sure what
constitutes the difference.  I don't have to tell followers of Ian
what they get for their money, but just in case, the draw is wide
open, & the air hole is drilled right to the proper pointat the
bottom of the chamber. New.
6 1/8" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 81 grams. $220.
Pre-Transition Barling Fossil  EL #218549 (SOLD 2/2/15)
Unlike Dunhill's "Root Briar," which is a purely marketing term,
this pipe is a true root briar.  If you look at the photo on the top
left, you will see the swirl in the grain where the root comes into
the burl. (David Field calls this "branch wood.") The character
of the rest of the blast is also quite special.  This is a fine old
pipe.  The condition is excellent and although all of the white
has been buffed out of the stem logo, one can still the letters
both vertical & horizontal (albeit, with my bad eyes, I did need a
loop to make it out).  It has shape #327, is stamped EL but is at
least a Grp. 4 in size.  Used.  
6" long, bowl 1.4" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 38 grams. $285.
Charatan Special #26748
The stem is so marvelously flat and comfortable that it must be
original, or better than original.  The logo, however, is newly
stamped.  The rest of the pipe is in exc. cond., although the
nomenclature is badly buffed.  One can make it all out, though,
including the "L."  The draw is wide open and for those who like
traditional shapes, this pipe has a great chance of becoming a
real favorite.  I'm good at pipe predictions.  Probably a 4 in size,
or a bit bigger, even.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 37 grams. $85.
Sasieni Four Dot Natural "Stamford" #830935 (SOLD 2/7)
Well wrought family era Four Dot in very good condition.  The
stem is like new but there are some very slight dings on the
bowl rim.  Good cross grain, too.  The draw is wide-open. Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 34 grams. $125.
Dunhill  Group 2 Tanshell #715150
Yes, there is definitely wear on the inside of the rim, but the
difficult part of this pipe is translating the date stamp.  It's clear
enough, but after the "England," there's a '7' which should
indicate a 1967, but after that is an '
8' which would then
indicate a 1958 pipe, suggesting the '7' was a mistake.  Well
take your preference.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 26 grams. $145.
1993 Grp. 5 Dunhill Spigot Bruyere #621695TH (SOLD)
Pretty crisp and clean; actually, like-new. I'm out of the loop,
having once been a Dunhill Principal Pipe Dealer (PPD) but
from what I'm hearing, new Dunhills are way up there in price,
so it was good to know that as a Grp. 5, I could hope to get a
few extra dollars for this pipe.  I just tried to check prices, but
the best I could do on short notice was the 1999 price for a
Group 5 Spigot, which was $885.  Still, you should buy the pipe
because you like it, not because the price is favorable.
6 1/4" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $350.
Pre-Transition Barling #26712
The shape # is 1655 and although it's quite faint, I'm pretty
sure the size is EL.  It is at least a Grp. 4 in size.  The stem is
original, I'm pretty sure, but the logo is rather obviously newly
re-stamped, and not all that gloriously, either.  There is some
wear on the rim, but the inner chamber looks like it has a lot of
smokes left to give.  What is finer than a Barling's Apple? Used.
5.55" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $210,.
1972 Dunhill DR H #519182
From a seller's point of view, one of the problems in dealing
with products like used pipes is that there is no "book" on what
the price should be, so I often worry that I am selling far too
cheaply and could be getting considerably more for a specific
pipe.  Nobody likes to give their potential income away.  Well,
that's not going to be a problem here.  I think I'm giving this
high grade Dunhill away.  There is wear on one spot of the rim,
but the inner chamber is fine, and there is a crack in the shank
that the sterling band takes care of just fine.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. Price: $450.
Sasieni Four Dot Oom Paul Walnut #1128072
The nomenclature is no longer crisp on this old buzzard,  but
it's there and it's legible.  The cond. is is exc., for both the stem
and the bowl, including the crisp rim.  The draw is wide open,
but I must say the draft hole is drilled quite high.  Used pipe.
4.65" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $195
Pre-Transition Barling EXEXEL #1218554 (SOLD 2/2/15)
This pipe has the three digit shape number of 789.  It is in very
good cond. and while the nomenclature is buffed way down, it is
all legible.  The logo on the stem is a little too crisp, considering
the status of the stampings on the shank, but I have no
personal or specific knowledge that the stem is not original.  I
just don't know.  And it is true that the button is buffed down, as
you'd expect an original stem to be.  it is bite-mark free.6.  Used.
6.35" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. . $235.
U.S. Pat. Number Dunhill #310314 (SOLD)
The exact date of production is very difficult to determine, even
using a dating guide.  Not that the nomenclature isn't clear,
because most of it is, but the date stamp is a bit muddy and I
can't determine if it's a
16 or an 18.  Either way, I think the pipe
is from the 1930's, and thus is either a 1936 or 1938.  The
condition is quite good, although not pristine, by which I mean
you can feel the seam between the stem and shank as the
stem was obviously buffed down a bit.  But with no tooth marks
on the stem and no wear on the bowl rim, you can't really ask
for much more.  The wide tenon diameter is typical of the time.
5" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 3/4 oz., 51 grams. $360.
Barling's Guinea Grain #26743
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 5291 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. $95.
2003 Ring Grain Dunhill Shell #26687RS
This pipe has been smoked once or twice, so call the cond.
exc., or 'like new,' if you prefer.  It calls itself a Grp. 4, but it is a
Grp. 5 in size according to Dunhill's own template of sizes.  The
shape # is 4111 and there is some minor tooth chatter on the
bottom of the stem that you, not I, can easily sand out and
polish and buff.  Used.
5.25" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz, 43 grams, $325.
1997 Ashton XXX Old Church #519025 (SOLD 11/18/14)
A large pipe, but not a large tobacco chamber, which means
the walls of the chamber, at least near the top of the bowl, are
thick.  The pipe's condition is excellent with only a negligible
tooth mark near the button on the top of the stem marring the
condition.  When talking about a Bill Ashton Taylor pipe, it is
important to talk about construction, and here the draw is
mercifully wide open.  That bodes well for the great smoking
quality you can get from an Ashton pipe.  Used.
6.3" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 71 grams. $195
1949 Dunhill Shell LB #26646SW
A fine blast on a Pat. # LB.  The nomenclature is all very legible
if not quite crisp as new and the condition of the chamber and
rim is excellent.  The slight shortcoming is the stem, which is a
replacement.  If it's any consolation, it's a comfortable stem with
a white dot.  But it's the body of the pipe that delivers the
smoke, and that is there in spades.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz, 43 grams. $260..
Peterson's Kildare #715033
With no P-lip as an impediment, the draw here is wide-open.  
Further, the bowl is not coated with black stuff (although it does
appear to be stained).  I'd call it between a Grp. 5 & Grp. 4. New
5.75" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. $75.
Peterson Barrel #57361
For those who know this standard Peterson shape, there is not
I need to say except that this one is new.  The draw is not bad
for a Peterson and if you happen not to know, this is a small
sized pipe, which I would call a Grp. 2 using dunhill sizes. New.
5.6" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 24 grams. $75.
Charatan Supreme #215024 (SOLD 2/2/15)
The bowl looks even taller than its 2" height, and it has a big
enough diameter to easily take my thumb while also having
thick walls (the rim is 4/10" wide).  The stem is pristine, and the
rest of the pipe is in excellent condition, including the
nomenclature, which shows off the Lane "L."  The bottom is flat,
so it sits up and the draw is open.  Used.
6 1/4" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $395.
Northern Briar Rox Cut Regal #215022
This is marked a Grp. 4, but it's much larger than a Dunhill Grp.
4 in size.  It's at least a 5.  The cut on this pipe is less sharp
than on the Premier listed just above.  It's a classic British
Billiard and provides Ian's superb value in his typical fashion.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. New. $190.
Northern Briars Rox Cut Premier 4 #215058
There's a lot of bowl capacity in this extremely comfortable (but
rough textured) pipe.  If you like rubbing the pipe with your
hand and fingers as you smoke, the Rox Cut pipes made by
Ian Walker are for you like no other.  This one is a Grp. 5 in
size with an open draw and with just a little bend in the tip of the
cleaner, it goes right through to the chamber bottom.  new.
5.35" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 3/4 oz., 51 grams. $220.
1932 Dunhill "Inner Tube" Bruyere #1218605
This pipe has a U.S. Pat. # and is in exc. cond.  The
nomenclature is almost universally crisp and clear, although a
few of the numbers in the patent are slightly buffed down...but
everything is quite legible.  There are also the letters "A.H." on
the shank, but I forget what that means.  Pipes in England were
typically small in 1932, and this does not have a Group size,
but I would call it a Grp. 3 in size.  The draw is wide-open, owing
perhaps to the loss of that inner tube, which, if extant, would be
83 years old.  I hope this is your birth year pipe.  Used.
5.15" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 31 grams. $450.
1938 Barling's #26707 (SOLD 2/25/15)
I don't know if this is the original stem for this pipe...I do know
that this is an original Barling's stem; the logo is legible, if quite
faint.  The condition is certainly excellent, considering the
pipe's age (determined by the hallmark letter, naturally).  The
draw is wide-open and I'd call the size a Grp. 4 in size.  Used.
5.9" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams.   $295.
Charatan Selected #218523
Big.  Well, you don't have to hear it from me...take it from the
Charatan people who stamped this one "Extra Large."  My
thumb swims in the bowl (well, it would, if it could swim).  The
cond. is good, with the carbon and slight wear you see on the
inner rim and minor tooth chatter on the bottom of the stem.  
The nomenclature includes the Lane "L"  and everything else is
crisp, except the "CP" logo on the stem, which is barely visible.
7 1/8" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/4 oz., 78 grams. $195.
1919 BBB #83015SR
Because the hallmark on the sterling band is a slight bit worn, I
am not 100% certain that 1919 is the right year...it could
conceivably be 1912 or 1913, so if you're looking for a birth
year pipe and need a 1919, you might have to continue looking.
But don't plan on looking too long.  Other than the pit, or flaw
(but not a fill) on the front of the bowl, the pipe is in exc. cond,
has exc. construction (air hole) and an open draw.  Just great
stuff, these historic, old names..  Used.
4.95" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $295.
1913 BBB #83020SR
From the photo, you might think that this is a somewhat large
pipe.  In fact, it's closer to being a miniature, although it is not
quite that.  The condition is excellent, the nomenclature is crisp
and clear and the "AF&Co." that is on the band indicates the A.
Frankau firm.    I should mention that the opening at the end of
the stem is not today's slit, but is instead a round hole.  Used.
3.85" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $295.
BBB #83024SR
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.
Pre-Transition Barling EXEL #1218586
This pipe has shape # 1524 and although there are some rough
spots on the rim (really, just a little wear and dings) the
condition is very good,  The stem shows just the barest of marks
and the logo on the stem is all there (although the "ing" of the
vertical part is buffed down).  Grp. 4 in size.  Used.
5.4" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  1 1/8 oz., 32 grams.  $245.
Barling's Make #26717
I would like to say, after having initially mis-labeled this pipe,
that I am going to get Barling dates correct once and for all.  
But we both know how prone I am to making mistakes.  On the
other hand, if you have any positive feelings for me at all, it
may well be because you can come here, read my errors, and
leave feeling superior.  I can live with that if you can part with
the shekels.  What we have here is a used pipe in exc. cond.
that was made, based on credible info sent in by an indulgent
correspondent,  between June & Nov. of 1962, while the old
Barling family was still running the factory, albeit under new
ownership, that of Finlay.  Shape # is 3174, size is Grp. 3 and
the "Barling's Make" is in block letters.  The stem may or may
not be original, but the logo has been re-stamped.   Used.
5" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 31 grams. $145.
1924 Dunhill Shell #26682SW (SOLD 2/9/15)
OK, if you can prove to me that this is your birth year pipe, I'll
give you a full 10% off.  As you can see, it was deep, character-
laden blasts like this one that drive fans of old Dunhills mad with
desire.  There is a crack in the shank, requiring a band, and
despite shaping the band to reveal as much of the crisp nomen-
clature as possible, the number that provides the year had to be
covered to preserve the pipe.  It's a 1920's pipe so you can trust
me that it's '24, if that matters to you as opposed to '23 or '25.
The overall condition is quite good with a  clean looking
chamber.  I don't think the stem is original, but the old dot has
been discolored over time and is black.  That's not unusual.  
5.65" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. Used. $225.