Former Danish Egg #21884EG
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
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. $450
 
Jorgen L  Grade M #122493
An atypical asymmetrical shape from this all-time great pipe
maker.  Still, the pipe fits comfortably in either the right or left
hand.  The bowl diameter is quite large, with my thumb easily
fitting into the chamber.  The draw is wide-open and a pipe
cleaner goes easily to the bottom of the bowl.  Vulcanite stem.
5.7" long, bowl 1.35" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 66 grams. $245
S. Bang by Ulf Noltensmeier #102169BK
Beautifully balanced carving job, with all the right notes being
struck by Ulf.  So, although it's fairly large (a Grp. 6) it doesn't
give that impression at all.  The draw is open, the drilling spot
on and the grain is good all around the bowl.  The hand-cut
stem is vulcanite, for comfort and the pipe is unsmoked.  
5.5" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $3500.
Larsen S.G. 6 #218188BK (SOLD 3/23/17)
I'm such a dolt; I can never differentiate between a 6 & a 9 when
it comes to pipe grades.  The uninterrupted Bird's Eye on this
thick rim couldn't be more dramatic if it were a Pearl grade.  The
cond. is exc., as is the draw & the comfortable vulcanite stem.
6" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. Used. $260.
Kurt Balleby 0 Grade #117173
This pipe is so well done that I feel if I extol its virtues as I'd like,
it will sound like a hard sell, which I don't do.  I'm not usually in
love with these non-traditional shapes, but this pipe has that je
ne sais quoi that makes it special, including a wonderfully
comfortable stem, a near virgin stain and a unique sand blast
that makes one of the bowl sides seem as though it were finely
rusticated.  A Grp. 4 in size, it has an open draw and takes a
pipe cleaner to the bottom of the tobacco chamber.  New.
5.2" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $1320.
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
Celius Fantasy #821460
The condition is excellent, the draw open and the bowl is quite
tall, making it easy to wrap your hand around the pipe.  The
flat bottom allows it to sit up at a nice angle.  Vulcanite stem.
6 5/8" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 74 grams. $125.
Brakner Bella Danica Hand Cut # 117135 (RESERVED)
My guess is that the "Bella Danica" means something like
Beautiful Dane.  I've been to Denmark a number of times & have
seen some beautiful Danes myself.  One of them, clerking in a
used bookstore, had a face that was screaming to be kissed.
Alas, not by me.  Oh.  Pipes.  I forgot.  Anyhow, this pipe is in
beautiful cond. and is beautifully cut and deserves to be owned
and smoked by somebody who would appreciate her.  (Pipes
are feminine, right?)  Grp. 5. Vulcanite stem (I think).  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. $225.
Brakner Antique #52784
Not a common shape for Brakner, in my experience.  It's that
bent stem, which looks uncomfortable angled at first glance, but
it works just fine when held in the hand.  The condition of the
pipe is exc., but there are tooth marks on the bottom of the
stem.  Not deep, but multiple.  Amazingly, with a few twists of a
thin pipe cleaner, it went to the bottom of the chamber.  The
stem is vulcanite and the pipe is used, if only barely.
5.5" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 31 grams. $125.
Stanwell #824152
Old enough to have a registration number, plus the give-away
rounded button on the stem.  There is a small, shallow tooth
mark on the top of the stem, and the inner rim shows a touch of
wear, but otherwise the cond. is nearly remarkable, with a very
intact "S" logo and clear, crisp nomenclature.  Grp. 3 size. Used.
5.5" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 3/4 oz., 23 grams. $50.
Søren Eric Andersen (SEA) #117187
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.
W.O. Larsen Straight Grain 7 #102101BK
Typically, a stem like this is acrylic, but I'm pretty certain that this
one is not.  The stem slit is straight across without the V and I
don't believe I've ever seen an acrylic with that construction.  
The cond. is of a pipe very slightly smoked, although there is a
tiny tooth indent on the top of the stem.  Look carefully at the
rim.  It appears that there can be a fill up there, but I looked
through a triple lens and it is simply the way the wood formed,
not that we should have to mention it because I don't think
Larsen would put a fill in any of their better pipes.  The size is
Grp. 6, with a chamber large enough to take my thumb and the
draw is open, with a cleaner going right through to the chamber
bottom.  Ignore the piece of white in the bead.  It's gone. Used.
5.75" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2.75 oz., 77 grams. $295.
Jess Chonowitsch #1021178BK
I'm rather sure I have never seen a Poker by Chonowitsch.  This
is a Grp. 6 in size with fine ring grain showing in the blast &
Bird's Eye on the smooth bottom, indicating straight grain in the
bowl.  The draw is wide-open, as you would expect.  New.
5.6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 49 grams. $4250
Jorgen L Grade E #803032JJ
Somewhere in this whole, wide world there must be someone
with an insatiable curiosity as to how different tobaccos taste
when smoked at the same time.  The number of permutations
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) #123283JJ
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: $695.
Ben Wade Reflection #527281
There is a tooth indentation on the bottom of the stem (which
you can see in the photo on bottom right) .  Other than that, the
condition is excellent.  The draw is not great, but I might be able
improve that a bit with sanding tape.  It's a Grp. 6 in size with
both a wide diameter chamber and a deep one. Used.
5.75" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $50.
S. Bang #1224039RB
Elegant is the word that comes to mind when I look at this shape
from Bang.  The grain is good all around and the draw is open &
the construction is so superior that despite the "S" shape, a
cleaner glides to smack dab on the bottom of the chamber, but
it's the shape that carries the day.  (I must say, however, that
the Bird's Eye on the bottom of the bowl is sumpn special.)  
Grp. 5 size.  Exc. cond., vulcanite stem.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $965.
Kurt Balleby #117149 (SOLD 3/23/17)
I was sitting next to Kurt at the West Coast Pipe Show when a
pipe of his was tabbed as the Best Pipe in Show.  It wasn't this
pipe (I have that one, too...you'll see it soon enough) and I
asked Kurt why, because this is the better of the two pipes.  He
agreed, but said that he entered the other pipe because it was
his signature shape.  So be it.  This is still the more handsome
of the two.  It's a Grp. 5 (or even 6) in size, with non-stop flame
grain all around, an open draw, construction that allows a
cleaner to right to the bottom of the chamber, a great and
narrow hand-cut stem.  It is stamped 46-16, which might well
mean it's the 46th pipe he made in 2016.  That's a guess.  
Maybe I should mention, and maybe I shouldn't, that Kurt still
honors the fact that I was the first U.S. retailer to buy his pipes
and he continues to make pipes available to me at favorable
prices...for me and thus for you.  He doesn't forget.  New.
5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. $1995.
Kjeld Sorensen (Red Hat)  #123255JJ
Kjeld Sorensen, the man behind the hat, so to speak, is
developing into one of Denmark's better pipe makers.  On this
Briar Calabash he uses a natural stain to highlight the Bird's
Eye grain on the rim.  The open draw is complimented by a
draft hole right on the chamber bottom, which is uncoated. New.
6.1" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 /38 oz., 66 grams. $875.
Kjeld Sorensen (Red Hat) #213270JJ
With a wide open draw, and a draft hole right where it should
be this cross-grained melding of a Cutty, a Dublin and an Egg
is a beauty to hold.  it's always good to see that cross grain
going up and down the spine of the pipe (the top and bottom of
the shank).  For a Group 4.5 in size it's light weight.  New pipe.
5.1" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. Price: $450.
Lasse Skovgaard #11282AP
In excellent condition, and not too large, either.  It's a Grp. 4 in
size,   The draw is open and the flat stem,  light weight and
good balance provide a comfortable pipe to hold in the mouth.
5.9" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. $185.
Anne Julie #1021215BK (SOLD 3/23/17)
Anne Julie is much more renowned for her creative shapes
than for the grain patterns in her pipes, but in this pipe she
incorporates both.  The size is not large, sort of a Grp. 3.5 but
the flow of the near horn-like shaping in tandem with the grain
is just delightful.  When holding the pipe to your mouth, you see
just straight grain facing you and going up the bowl.  Similarly,
when holding the pipe to look at from the side, either side, you
see the grain flowing up those sides.  It's a little gem.  New.
5.65" long.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 34 grams.  $6950.
S. Bang Pipe 15148 #121182
Pedigree makes a difference.  Photographs, certainly my
photographs, do not come close to doing this pipe justice.  It is
a Grp. 3 in size, and is an exceptional little piece, in terms of
grain (note the Bird's Eye on the bottom of the shank & bowl
and the straight grain on the sides of the shank), construction,
stem work, stain, wax, and hand feel.  Ebonite stem.  New.
4.9" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. $3265.
Former #21874EG (SOLD 3/17/18)
In exc. cond., with Former's brilliant talent for nailing the cross-
grain & the Bird's Eye exactly on the seams.  Grp. 6 in size.
The ability to get this pipe maker's exceptional releases are
going to get ever more rare.  I don't know how few he's making
now, or if he's making any pipes.  Used.
5.95" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $1250.
Jorgen L #79458RC
A beautiful example of one of the top 3 purist pipe makers of all-
time, I contend.  Likely the first of the high end Danish pipe
makers to exhibit his pipes outside Denmark and do shows in
various stores.  A high end "H" grade.  This Brandy is a classic
example of his work: great grain all around, great balance and
draw and feel and size and proportion.  That's what Jorgen
Larsen did for all the years he was able to dodge his skin
allergy to briar dust and produce some of the greatest smokers
on the planet.  This one is in excellent condition, with no tooth
marks on the stem.  Vulcanite stem.  Grp. 4 size.  Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $750.
Vollmer & Nilsson #122475  
I think of this as a preview of what will soon come, the Human
Tragedy Series, a collaboration between Vollmer & Nilsson (the
talent) and Pulversbriar (the promulgator of evil intent).  This
series will celebrate that most profound of thinkers, Erasmus,
and his opus, "In Praise of Human Folly."  Having read the book
over 40 years ago, I have no recollection of its content, but it
sounds good.  This is an Apple and we will lead off with The
Fall, symbolizing man's initial, and continual, fall from Grace.  
But believe us (V&N, and I) this hardly represents the scope of
human folly.  Oh yes, this pipe; I almost forgot.  It's simply a
beaut.  Why?  Beautiful, open, hygroscipic cross grain.  
Beautiful shaping.  Beautiful construction work.  Beautiful care
about your smoking pleasure, hence no bowl coating.  Beautiful.
5.95" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1 1/4 oz., 36 grams. $475.
Kark Erik #1224353 (RESERVED)
A straightforward, old line Danish Freehand, with quite good
grain, a large capacity chamber into which I can fit my thumb, &
an open draw.  The vulcanite stem feels hand cut, but that
would be a lot to expect from a mid-grade freehand.  In any
case, it is a good quality vulcanite.  The flat bottom allows the
pipe to sit up.  The overall cond. is very good...no tooth marks
on the stem, no major wear on the inner rim of the chamber.
6.7" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 64 grams. Used. $55
Tobago Cap-Belton # 101475AG
Tobago, as a brand name, is currently made in Norway, or was
the last time I looked.  They're pretty expensive, too.  This
Tobago was made in Denmark, likely during a short period in
the 1970's by an ex-Stanwell employee (Torben Hetler?).  
Tobago pipes were sold by the famous Dan Pipe catalog.  This
pipe is in exc. cond., with what feels like a hand-cut stem.  
There is a ding on the front of the bowl (which is nicely cross-
grained).  The draw is open.  Grp. 5, Vulcanite stem. Used.
5.65" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $65
Erik Nording Churchwarden 1224372
I didn't feel I could get a decent shot of the entire pipe.  Suffice
to say that it is 10.5" long.  The draw is open, so despite the
length, you should get a nice smoke from this clean looking
briar that doesn't need dark stain in order to cover up flaws.
The stem is vulcanite and the pipe is new.  
10.5" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $65.
S. Bang Pipe 15127 #122495
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. $3465
W.O. Larsen 8 #924153
Large, as in Grp. 6 or a bit bigger.  The cond. is very good, with
the merest touch of wear on the inner rim of the chamber.  The
draw is open and the stem is vulcanite.  There is a hint of tooth
chatter on the bottom of the stem.  Across the top of the shank
is stamped "straight grain."  Which Dane made it?  Don't know.
5.8" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/4 oz., 77 grams. $325
Kurt Balleby Grade 4 #117138
Recognized now as one of the best pipe makers in the world, I
am lucky enough to have recognized his skill early on and thus
still get some pipes from Kurt, and at very favorable prices.  this
was acquired at the West Coast Pipe Show in Nov.  This is a
Grp. 5 size that feels oh so good in the hand.  The draw is
open and it takes a cleaner right to the chamber.  New.
5.15" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $885
Jess Chonowitsch #218173BK
A fine exhibition of ring grain.  The draw is wide-open and the
stem is hand-cut vulcanite.  The size of the pipe is equal to a
Dunhill Group 6, and the inner diameter of the tobacco
chamber is just shy of 9/10."  Unsmoked.
5.5" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight:  2 oz., 58 grams. $4500.
Svend Bang A by U.N. #924067
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 .  
5.6" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $2750.
Jorn Larsen #102142BK
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. $425.
Jorn Larsen #924133  (RESERVED)
Looking at these two Jorn Larsen pipes, I think I can see a bit of
a trend in his style, which I'll characterize as a propensity for
creating very clean, smooth lines in classic shapes that are
gently modified by a Danish design sensibility.  Here, the use of
something as simple as a brindle stem (pipe is shown with its
black stem...comes with both) with the complementing smooth
rim makes for a very attractive pipe.  The ring grain pattern
doesn't hurt, either.  A wide-open draw.  New.
4.7" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams.  $395
Former Blowfish #121879EG (SOLD 3/17/18)
From the Bird's Eye in the middle of the bowl it looks like a
Super Nova explosion with the straight grain blasting out in all
directions.  You don't think you see that very often, do ya?  No,
and you don't meet the pipe-carving likes of Former very often
either.  Exc. cond., wide-open draw, Grp. 4 in size. Wow!
4.9" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. Used. $1450.
Larsen Straight Grain 2 from early days #218229BK
The photo of the right side of the bowl, on the bottom, is off.  I
don't know what I did, but I apologize. The color, etc. is correctly
represented by the top photo.  I say "early days" on top
because this pipe was also stamped "Copenhagen" as well as
"Made in Denmark."  It's Group 6 or 7 size.  The shank exten-
sion is bone.  The stem is vulcanite.  The pipe is unsmoked.
7" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 3 3/8 oz., 94 grams. $375.
Former # 21899EG
First, the disclosure.  I rushed to photograph this pipe so I
could get it on the page with the other Formers that came in.
The pipe is in exc. cond., but I need to polish and buff the stem
so that it shines like new.  Easily done, but not in time for this
picture.  My apology.  Fine cross grain & Bird's Eye in a large
(Grp. 6 size) pipe.  Talking about that stem, BTW, it is vulcanite,
flat and narrow.  In other words, very comfortable.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $850.
Former #218104EG
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. $850.
Former #218109EG
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,
decide what shape he's going to produce from a block of briar.
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. $895.
Nording 16 #218193BK
The "16" is a very high grade for Nording and this pipe
deserves that stature, with straight grain running all around the
bowl, accentuating the volcano shape beautifully.  The draw is
open and the cond. is exc., No marks on the vulcanite stem.
The size is a Group 5.  Used, but barely.  
5.9" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 62 grams. $260.
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. $1995.
Poul Ilsted #218247BK
Here is that wonderful rare bird, an unsmoked Ilsted.  It is a Grp.
6 in size, and the draw is open.  The straight grain pattern goes
all around the bowl with the rim and bowl bottom exhibiting lots
of Bird's Eye.  The stem is vulcanite.  Unsmoked.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $1650
Larsen Pearl #218258BK (SOLD 3/23/17)
My favorites are not your favorites and vice versa, which is as it
should be or else we'd all be vying for the same pipe (and so
you wouldn't have a chance, would you?).  This one is, among
all the fine, fine pipes on this page, the pipe I would opt to keep
and smoke.  To me, it represents comfort and quality.  In fact,
it's unusual in that I can not recall seeing a Larsen Pearl
anywhere near this simple in both shape and small in size.  I
think it's a Group 4 in size, but not a wide margin.  And while
the straight grain is quite good, it is far from perfect, as you can
see in the bottom-left photo.  But it's very well carved, is
exceedingly comfortable in both the hand and the mouth &
suggests, to my personal sensibilities, a 'smoker.'  The stem is
vulcanite and the draw is wide-open.  Unsmoked.
5.7" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $795
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. $1850.