1923 Dunhill's "Shell Briar" #37239
The nomenclature is exceptionally crisp, reflecting the overall
cond. of the pipe.  I'm not sure it's an original stem and rather
think it isn't, although it may be an old replacement.   On this
and the 1923 Dunhill above a # 9 is stamped on the shank. .
5.15" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $425.
Pulvers' Prior Briar
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1970 Dunhill Bruyere #211946
I can get that carbon off the rim, but the rim will still not be perfect
as there is a tiny bit of wear.  Otherwise, the pipe is in exc. cond.
It is a Grp. 4, although it does seem a bit small to me.  The draw is
wide open, but don't expect this kind of bend to take a cleaner
through to the bottom of the chamber.  I've seen this shape go
very quickly in the past.  Used.
4.85" long, bowl 2" (plus) tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $215.
Upshall P #8033100
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. $85.
Comoy's Extraordinaire #37291
Grp. 5 in size, and in good cond., although it is possible that a
new 3 piece "C" was put in this stem.  That or it was specially
buffed in that area.  The pipe was handled enough to soften
the edges of a sandblast.  The stem is flat and comfortable at
the button and the draw is wide-open. Nomenclature OK to dull.
5.9" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. Used. $90
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.
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
Peterson Deluxe XL81S #37166 (SOLD 5/19/16)
Pretty damned nice cut and quite decent grain.  The cond. is
exc., too.  The draw is open enough, especially for a P-lip pipe.
The one anomaly is the use of "XL" in the grading.  I don't see
how this qualifies as an extra large; I'd call it a Grp. 4.  But
don't be dismayed, I'm going to charge just like it does qualify.  
5.5" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $75.
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.
Charatan Executive #123818 (RESERVED)
Easily a Grp. 6 in size, and my thumb fits easily into the
chamber.  Somebody liked this pipe and smoked it a lot, but it is
still in good condition, although you can see the wear on the rim.
All the nomenclature is intact and legible, although considerably
buffed down.  The "L" is there.  Judging from the "V" channel in
the business end of the stem, this is an acrylic stem, and thus a
replacement, although the "CP" looks entirely legit to me as
does the stepped stem, although there is no "DC" stamping
visible to me on the shank.  There is a chip on the rim.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 74 grams. $85.
Pre-Transition YOW Special Barling #37223
The Barling's logo is buffed down, but you see the full "cross" so
we know that this is an original stem.  It has a 3 digit shape #,
although there is a "B" after the 326.  Must have been
designated a "Special" because of the fine cross grain and
Bird's Eye.  That's what I would do.  There are two minor tooth
indents on the bottom of the stem and a little wear that you can
see on the inner rim of the chamber.  Group 4, with open draw.
6.25" long, bowl 1.4" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $375.
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. $135.
James Upshall P #37120RS (SOLD 5/20/16)
Probably, a true Grp. 3 in size, which is awfully small for an
Upshall.  A very comfortable pipe in every way.  Exc. cond.,
open draw, vulcanite stem.  "Free Hand."  Used.
5.4" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. $95.
Upshall P #37115RS
Were I to be asked by the pipe gods what shape needs greater
representation I would say, "the Apple," and not just because it
so accurately represents the fall of man (and, if my observations
are correct, we are still dropping).  Nobody has asked, but here
is an Apple, which you can smoke while contemplating our
species' latest folly.  It's a Grp. 4 in size and like new. Used.
5.7: long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $125.
Dunhill Tanshell ODA836 #37147
Clearly, somebody liked the way this pipe smoked as it has
been smoked and handled a lot.  The stem is acrylic and new.
The chamber is in good condition and any burnouts would have
surfaced long before now, so there are lots of good smokes left.
6.75" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $125.
Comoys Tradition (from about 1945-1949) #37280
The country of origin stamp is an oval with a simple "London
Made" in an arch, or Rugby ball-like oval.  This, according to
Pipedia, can place the pipe as early as the 1930's.  The silver
band should also help, but although it does say it is sterling,
and has the "HC" in an oval, it is missing the all important
hallmark with the dating letter.  The "Comoys,"in block letters &
without the apostrophe but and with the "C" larger than the
other letters accurately gauges this pipe to be right after the
war and prior to the '50's.  Other than slight dings on the rim, it
is in exceptional shape and has the 3 part "C."  Size is Grp. 3.
5.85" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. Used. $150.
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. $85.
Charatan's Make Special Deluxe #37152
A most interesting and confounding pipe, indeed.  In attempting
to find out this pipe's era, I read Fabbio Ferrara's superb article
on Charatan's on Pipedia.  (BTW, I met Fabbio a number of
times when visiting the Radice family during that time that David
Field was importing and distributing that brand and Fabbio
came from his home in Parma to help us translate...I hope he is
thriving.)  That helped a lot and maybe cleared up my concern
regarding this being a newish Charatan.  I thought that might
be the case because of its exceptional condition, including the
fact that it has never been smoked.  The very first tip that this is
an older pipe is the shape of the button area of the stem.  It is
rounded, in the old fashioned manner...almost like those stems
made between the two World Wars.  Secondly, the "CP" is an
old, thin style, with the "C" penetrating the "P" approx. to the
middle of the "P's" enclosure.  All this, without an "L" (although
that is not, as Fabbio drills home a number of times, fully
indicative of a pipe's vintage) would put the pipe pre-1961.  
Yet, the "Made By Hand In City of London" is in script, putting
the pipe in the 1966-1979 era.  Further complicating the matter
is the absence of a shape #, and thus no accompanying "X."  
("DC" doesn't apply here.)  It also has an "Extra Large" on the
bottom of the shank.  The "Deluxe" seems to put this back as
early as the 1950's, but that can easily be wrong.  As I read
Fabbio's guide, this pipe exhibits a number of anomalies.  The
size is a Grp. 6, and the chamber is large enough to take my
thumb.  If any of you have
specific info which will detail this pipe's era, I would be happy to
hear it.  Unsmoked.
5.7" long, bowl 2.45" tall.  Weight: 3.5 oz., 99 grams. Price: $250
1974 Dunhill Group 2 Root Briar #37057RS (SOLD 5/14/16)
A sweet little smoking machine and not really all that small.  
Dedicated to a strong tobacco, like some flakes, this would be
hard to beat.  At the moment, an unpolished sterling band (and
destined at its new home in the same condition) and an
unpolished stem (which will be sterilized and polished prior to
shipping) fail to show off the pipe in the best possible light.  The
cond. is exc. the draw open with a fine feel in the hand.  Used.  
5.15" long, bowl 1.35" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. $225.
Peterson's Kildare #821433
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.
Pre-Transition Barling #37024RS (SOLD)
This old pipe is in excellent condition.  In talking with a knowl-
edgeable Barling collector (he bought the one in the case) I
came to know that the shape #, 71A, and the stem shape
indicate a pipe that might well be from the 1930's.  I'm not
making that claim and it doesn't matter because regardless of
its birth date, it's a fine, fine Billiard.  No size is stamped on it,
but it's at least an EXEL.  Vulcanite stem.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $275.
1923 Dunhill's "Shell Briar" #37234
From this era, it is almost expected that you would get such
marvelous grain, with an exhibit of branch wood on the left side
of the bowl.  The cond. is exc., and  the stem appears to be
original in every way.  the nomenclature is all visible, although
some of it is buffed down a bit.  The draw is open. Used.  
5.55" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. $550.
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.
Charatan Executive #37051RS  (RESERVED)
"Extra Large," "Made by Hand in the City of London," and with
the "L" emblazoned on the shank, this old English pipe is in exc.
cond. and is all original.  Safe to say that this pipe exemplifies
what the old Charatan aimed to do.  Used.
6.75" long, bowl 1,95" tall.  Weight: 2.75 oz., 77 grams. $225.
Pre-Republic Peterson #822504
There is no grain on one side of the bowl, and a visible fill on
the front of the bowl.  The pipe is made in Ireland and the cond.
is very good, with just a bit of wear on the rim.  The band looks
original, as there is no crack in shank.   with Grp. 4 size. Used
5.75" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $75.
Charatan Selected #1130523
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. $165.
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. $200
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.
Comoy's 1989 Christmas Pipe #37275
What, pray tell me, makes this a "Christmas" pipe?  Is it even
Christmas worthy?  Yes, I think Christ would have been a pipe
smoker.  No doubt.  But to commemorate his birthday (which
likely was not Dec. 25th, but that's a nother story) his mother
was astute enough not to have been caught buying him this
pipe.  What shape do you imagine Jesus would have smoked?
Anyhow, this pipe is in very good cond., although there is a  
tooth indent on the bottom of the stem.  The draw is open. Used.
What may look like fills in the top pic are simply bowl dings.
5.75" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $65
1967 Dunhill LB Shell #37068RS (RESERVED)
LBs are supposed to be large, but this is large even for an LB.
The cond. is exc., with a crisp chamber rim and no bite marks
on the stem, although careful scrutiny reveals the hint of a bit
of chatter.  The draw is open.  Used.  
5.9" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams.  $325.
1967 Dunhill Root #37062RS (SOLD 5/14/16)
Made in the last full year of bench-made Dunhill production, this
pipe has, besides that magnificent looking Bird's Eye on one
side of the bowl, a wide-open draw, fine cross grain and an
exceedingly comfortable stem.  It's a Grp. 4.  Used.  
5.15" long, bowl 1.4" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $250.
Charatan's Make #37286 (SOLD 5/23/16)
Often, a pipe looks like it's in better cond. than it actually is, what
with internal problems, etc. (Whenever I buy a used pipe
collection, I figure out what I'd pay for the pipes and then take
10% off because without fail the seller has failed to inform me of
some problem with one or more pipes that I find out I can't sell
for anything close to what I expected.) In this case, the pipe is in
better cond. than it looks.  The problem is the insignificant loss
of black stain on the outer rim, making the pipe look a bit worn.
But that rim is crisp, not worn.  Somehow, the color there got
lost.  The stem, if you'll notice, has no teeth marks and the
nomenclature is 100% there (with some letters slightly less
sharp, but certainly not buffed or worn out).  It has the "L," the
draw is wide-open and the narrowness of the button end tells
me with great certitude that this is an older Lane era piece.  
Quite probably the 50's.  It's a size Grp. 5, if not larger. In case
it isn't clear in the photos, the sides are slightly paneled.   Used
.5.7" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. $80
1967 Dunhill LBS Root Briar #416169SR
The cross grain and Bird's Eye on this pipe are terrific, and the
condition of the pipe is very good, with only a little wear on the
inner rim of the chamber.  There is also a tooth mark on the
bottom of the stem.  It is a Group 4 in size, but it is still large.
5.9" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $325.
1956 Dunhill Bruyere ODA 837 #37265 (RESERVED)
Maybe this pipe isn't in pristine cond., but the worst thing about
it (aside from my photography, whereat I didn't capture the color
very well in the head-on pic) is a buffed down nomenclature.  it's
all legible, including the two years stamped on the shank after it
was made in '56...meaning it didn't leave the factory 'til ''58.
6" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. Used. $235.
Charatan's Make #37184 (RESERVED)
The blast alone makes this pipe worth the price.  It's a Grp. 5 in
size and the draw is wide-open.  It does have the "L" stamped
on the bottom of the shank, and it has been smoked a fair
amount, but the overall cond. is very good.  You can still see a
little of the "CP" on the stem and the worst I can say about it is
the two very shallow tooth indents on the bottom of the stem.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams.  Used.  $50.
Sasieni 4 Dot Ruff Root Bark #52719
As much as we elitist bastards make fun of the newer Sasieni
4 Dots, i.e., those using the number 4 instead of having it
spelled out, this isn't a bad piipe in any way that i can detect.
The draw is wide-open, the vulcanite stem is flat and
comfortable, it's a Grp. 4 in size and the blast is no worse than
a lot of other pipes costing a lot more.  This one is new.
5.65" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $60.
Peterson Standard System Shape 312 #37270
It is shape 312, but not XL, although it seems a bit larger than a
standard size to me.  Maybe not.  Anyhow, Peterson is a well
known commodity and in this case the pipe is unsmoked.  
5.3" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $95.
1967 Dunhill Bruyere #525066 (Not Available)
As this pipe is unsmoked, not a lot need be said about it.  It is a
Group 4, and was produced the last full year that Dunhill was
bench made one-at-a-time.  It has a fish tail stem.  New.
5.8" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 27 grams. $425
1912 BBB #37029RS (SOLD)
If you revere the quality and tradition of the old English pipes, as
do I, this is the kind of pipe you hope to fine...one you can both
admire and smoke.  The cond. is exc. and it's a Grp. 5 in size,
which I don't think was all that common in 1912.  Besides the date,
the hallmarked band tells that his pipe was sold by Abercrombie &
Fitch, a New York outfitter of gentleman's hunting gear, back then.
5.85" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. Used. $245.
1949 Dunhill PO Shell #79538PN (SOLD)
This old guy (but not as old as me) is in excellent condition
(about which I can not make the same claim) with only the
slightest of tooth chatter on the bottom of the stem to mar the
near pristine look of the pipe.  The draw is open and the drilling
is where it should be, at the bottom of the chamber.  I'm sure
it's a Grp. 4, but the PO shape is typically small.  for some
reason, this once popular shape is rarely made today.  Used.
5" long, bowl 1.4" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $425.
1977 Dunhill 522 SHELL 818126  (RESERVED)
This is the 120 shape with a saddle stem.  It's a large pipe, so I
am going to take it that the '5' of the shape number also refers
to the Group size of the pipe.  It is in exc. cond., with a wide-
open draw and construction that takes a cleaner through to the
bottom of the chamber (I gave it a little twist is all).  The rim is
clean and crisp and the stem is bite-free.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $150.
1971 Dunhill SHELL 120 #818143 (SOLD 8/30/15)
This shape typically calls itself a Grp. 4, despite their relatively
large size compared to other Dunhill Group 4s.  The condition
here is excellent with a crisp chamber inner rim and a wide-open
draw.  A pipe cleaner goes straight through the shank to the
bottom of the chamber and the stem is bite-mark free.  
5.9" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $265.
1965 Dunhill Root Briar #818160 (SOLD)
Made during Dunhill's golden age, which means while each pipe
was individually bench made.  The cond. is very good, with only
a touch of inner rim wear and a a few very minor tooth marks on
the bottom of the stem.  The stem is original and the draw is
wide-open.  It is a Grp. 4 in size.  Used.
6 1/8" long, bowl 1.4" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $165.
1990 Dunhill LBS Grp. 5 Shell  (SOLD 1/29/16)
This pipe could accurately be characterized as near-new.  Every
thing is clean and crisp with no carbon residue.  Great.  The
band, it must be said, is not gold, but is gold plated. This is the
first time, it has been said, that Dunhill (if the company can
currently really be considered "Dunhill," which I don't think it
can be) has used a junk band.  Inscribed on it is "Classic
Series.  Dunhill must now consider junk to be classic.  The draw
is wide-open.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $225.
Charatan Special #92030  (SOLD)
This is a Grp 6 in size, and in exc. cond., with thick walls.  It is
from the Lane era and the type face on the stamping plus the
shape of the button puts this in the 50's or early 60's I would
strongly guess.  There is a shallow tooth indent on the bottom
of the stem of not much consequence.  The patina tells you that
this is from fine, old briar.  Used.  
6.25" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 64 grams. $85
GBD Dura Mount #52705
I am not suggesting that the Dura Mount is GBD's highest
grade, but I am going to say that you can not expect to find an
unsmoked GBD for $75.  Not unless you come to this site.  The
pipe has a wide-open draw.  It's a Grp. 4 size and the logo on
the stem is that brass do-hickey.  It's English made and has
shape # 549 stamped on the shank.  Vulcanite stem.  New.
5.65" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $75.
1936 Pat. Number Dunhill #822490
Such a simple pipe should not be the source of so much confu-
sion, but it is for me.  First of all, there is no designation regard-
ing Bruyere or Root finish.  The nomenclature is buffed way
down, but except for a few numbers at the beginning of the Pat.
everything is visible.  Then, The Pat. # should be, according to
Loring's book, a U.S. patent, but no "U.S." is stamped on the
shank.  Further, the patent number that is on the shank is
supposed to have been used only from 1937-1941, but the
underlined number after the "England," is pretty clearly a 16,
making the pipe, presumably, a 1936 production.  Well, if you
like mysteries, you can buy this and figure it out for yourself.
I've given you all the info I can provide.  The condition is very
good, with no tooth marks onthe stem (original?  I don't know
for sure.  It certainly is an old stem, but the dot is a bit
whiter than I might expect) & very little wear on the chamber rim.
6 1/8" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 34 grams. $250..  
1949 Pat. No. Dunhill FE #37191
Original stem and very good condition, with just a touch of wear
on an inner rim to indicate the age of this pipe.  Grp. 4.  The
nomenclature is all legible, with the exception of a few numbers
in the middle of that long string being a bit buffed out.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams.  $375.