Peterson's Donegal Rocky #26888 (SOLD 4/9/15)
This is a Grp. 3 in size, so it's a bit small, but it more than makes
up for that with an open draw, despite the P-lip.  Thus, for
those seeking to try a Peterson for the first time, this would be
a good introduction.  It also fools us in another way; it's carved,
and the bottom of the Peterson grading system, yet it has a
Sterling band.  I can't figure these birds out.  The condition is
excellent.  Used.
4.8" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. $35.
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. $225.
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. $85.
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.
Tilshead #416230KF (SOLD 5/18/15)
Quite Large...Grp. 6 in size or even a bit larger, but the thick
walls make for a reasonable chamber capacity, although, of
course, it is deep.  The condition is excellent and the grain
would draw no 2nd looks if the pipe were called Upshall.   Used.
6" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 83 grams. $75.
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.
1973 Dunhill Root #26819RS
I have seen Dunhill label a small-bowled pipe an ODA when it was
attached to a long shank, as in an ES.  But this time, the bowl is
quite small (maybe reaching Grp. 3 stature) and the shank is
nothing special, yet it is stamped a Grp. 4.  Clearly, the relative
uniqueness of the shape came into play.  Other than a little wear
inside the rim at two places, the cond. is exc., FYI, I can easily get
my pinky into the chamber.  Used.
5.9" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 3/4 oz., 22 grams. $275.
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.
Dunhill Root Briar #26837RS (SOLD 5/10/15)
Not all that common a shape and this one is in exc. cond.  it's a
Grp. 4, but I think the bowl is large for a typical 4.  Although the
nomenclature is not buffed down and is crisp, the stamping of
the date was muffed and I am not certain if this is a 1986, as it
appears to be.  The draft hole at the bottom of the chamber
was opened up a bit, post production.  Used.
6 7/8" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 34 grams. $235.
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.
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.
1960 Dunhill Tanshell #416180SR (RESERVED)
When you look at the quality and character of this blast you
are made to understand why the old timers decry the pipe that
Dunhill has become in recent (and not so recent) decades.  The
condition is exc., the size is a large Grp. 4. Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 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 (SOLD  5/6/15)
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: $395.
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. $185
1953 Dunhill Group 4 #416193SR (RESERVED)
I wanted to use this pipe as an example to say how marvelous
the old Classic pipes were.  But I don't have room.  Suffice to
say that the cond. is exc., the draw  wide-open, the
nomenclature clear and the blast crisp and gorgeous.  Used.
5.35" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 30 grams. $325.
Charatan Supreme #26907 (SOLD 5/2/15)
Other than the little wear at one point in the inner rim that keeps
the chamber from being perfectly round at the rim, the pipe is in
excellent condition.  All of the nomenclature is quite legible if
not crisp and the "L" is there, too.  So is the buffed down, but
not out, "CP" logo on the stem.  It's quite large and has a
wide-open draw.  The grain is legitimate "Supreme" quality.
6.5" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/4 oz., 65 grams. $275.
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, $315.
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.
1938 U.S. Pat. No. Dunhill shape 56 #416198SR (RESERVED
Such a pleasure to find a 1938 pipe of this quality in this cond.
The size is Grp. 4 and the nomenclature is fully intact and clear.
The draw is open.  Historically, the year must be significant
because the very next year, London suffered under the German
blitzing bombing and production suffered greatly, as did, of
course, the London population.  After 1938, the world changed.
5.2" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $425.
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.
1951 Pat. # Dunhill Root Briar #416164SR
In double-checking the date of this pipe, I found a strange
anomaly, if you will.  Although the number after the "D" in
London is an underlined 0, the date of production is 1951,
solely because there is a Group number (4) in a circle on the
shank.  The exact same numbers, patent #s and everything,
would make it a 1950 if there were no Group # in a circle.  I
think that is odd.  Regardless, this pipe is in exceptional
condition, is of a certain age and is still dirt cheap if you want to
match it's reliability and continuity against newer pipe makers
who like to charge as much, or more, for their current,
unestablished creations.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $450.
Charatan Belvedere #26902 (SOLD 5/15/15)
Doubtless, I have a book, among my way-too-many pipe related
books, that describes the proper ratios for a Pot.  I did get an
e-mail once after I called something that I posted a Pot.  The
correspondent said it did not conform to the standards and
thus would never win Best in Show.  No.  But it did sell.  This
should sell, too, and I think it's a real Pot.  Very wide bowl. Used
5.9" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. $65.
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. $175.
1919 BBB #83015SR (SOLD 4/15/15)
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 (SOLD 3/31/15)
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.
Dunhill 1961 Root Briar #416175SR
Such a beautiful Group 4 EK, clean & crisp and now over 50 yrs
old.  If they're properly maintained, violins and pipes are better
in their dotage.  We are not, you and I.  The draw is wide-open
and  Bird's Eye stares right at youi.  How about that.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 1/4 oz., 34 grams. $450.
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.
Sasieni Four Dot "Moorgate" #211941 (SOLD 4/26/15)
This old guy has a Pat. number, so we will cut it some slack for
its signs of use.  The rim is darkened...almost charred looking,
but it is quite round and fully intact for all of that.  the nomencla-
ture is dulled through buffing, but legible with either better eyes
than mine, or a lens.  That muddy area on the shank in the fop
left photo is not actually on the pipe.  The top of the stem seems
to have a crack, but it doesn't go through.  Don't bite hard. used
5.4" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. Used. $80..
Charatan Special #211957 (SOLD 5/10/15)
Salisbury is the name of this shape.  The condition is excellent,
although the "CP" has been buffed off the stem.  There is an "L"
on the shank and the draw is wide-open.  It's a Grp. 4 in size
with a capacious chamber.  Used.  
6" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 38 grams. $75.
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.
BBB Thorneycroft #213972 (SOLD 4/14/15)
This Thorneycroft Own Make BBB is in exc. cond., with a wide-
open draw.  Grp. 4 size.  I was tempted to call this a Pot, but it
is much closer to a hybrid...half Pot half Billiard.  Used.
5.35" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 30 grams. $45.
1967 Dunhill Bruyere #213001
It's a Grp. 4 and the coloration is now more like a Root than a
Bruyere.  It's in excellent cond., although I will have to ream out
the bowl before mailing it out.  By now you know that '67 was
the last full year of bench-made Dunhills. At some point in '68
they started turning bowls 8 at a time.  Along with this narrow,
comfortable stem is a wide-open draw.  Used.
5.65" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 37 grams. $225.
1979 Dunhill Tan Shell Group 3 #329068RS
The condition and the shape create the appeal here.  The
worst that can be said about the condition is that there is some
tooth chatter on the stem bottom.  There are never enough
Apple shaped pipes.  I wonder why.  I'd say that this is a large
Grp. 3, and could have been called a 4, albeit a smaller 4.  If
the blast isn't deep, it's because it's showing a lot of Bird's Eye.
5.9" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $145.
1950 Dunhill Pat. No. Shell #416187SR  (SOLD 5/19/15)
It's pipes like this that provided impetus to pursue and collect
pipes, at least for me; I had never heard of "straight grain," and
did not know there was anything more exalted than a Dunhill
Shell.  To me, this was the tip top.  The blast quality, the
condition, the stem, all exemplify what makes a pipe precious to
me.  All Hail the old Dunhill Shell. Large Grp. 3 or small 4. Used.
5" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 27 grams. $350.