Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 85
Los Altos, CA  94023

(650) 965-7403
The photo depicts one of the final days of the Camelot of
tobacco shops, my own Sherlock's Haven.  To my immediate
left is both good friend and my professional consigliere, Steve
Brunner.  To my immediate right is one of the great tobacco
palates, relieving me of the chore of tasting and rating each
pipe tobacco and cigar, Johnson Tacalon.  And the tall guy
behind him was the store Mgr. and current close friend, Jim
Walker.  We're surrounded by good guys and true.  
I wanted to caption this "I knew more about pipes and tobacco
when I was 7 than you do now," but my PR dep't. said that
would be a bad idea.  Looks like old curmudgeons start as
young curmudgeons, doesn't it?  Years ago, my mother told my
then newish wife that when I was a kid, all they had to do to
keep me quiet was put a hat on my head, a corn cob in my
mouth and shove me in the back seat of the car.  My wife
replied, "nothing's changed, except he's now in the front seat."
    The Mill
Aug. 17, 2018;
  Now for the lighter side of the news.
Yesterday (Tuesday, 8/14/18) the front
page of The New York Times reported on
a sexual harassment lawsuit between an
NYU Professor and a grad student.  The
school's investigation found the Prof.
guilty and imposed a year-long treaching
suspension.  In this instance, the Prof. is
a woman and the grad student, the
plaintiff, is a man, so it looks, at first,
like a man bites dog case.  That is not
unprecedented (males complaining of
sexual harassment by their female
associates, or, in fact, a man biting a dog)
but there is a twist here.  
  The female professor is a lesbian and
the male student (now a visiting scholar
at Harvard) is gay.  So, while the 'man
bites dog' twist is still in play, the more
interesting, and amusing, to me, aspect is
the way this fact follows a well known
fictional account of these doings.  Many
decades ago I felt the fictional (or so I
thought, up to now) account was worth
committing to memory, so for your
edification, education & delectation, here
it is:

There was a young lesbian from Khartoum
Who brought a gay man up to her room.
But they argued all night,
As to who had the right,
To do what, with which and to whom.

I finally got to post pipe # 2 in my Human
Folly/Human Tragedy series, which I am
doing in collaboration with pipe maker
Don Gillmore.  This pipe is the Helen of
Troy, a Yachtsman commemorating the
cheating wife of Menelaus, King of Sparta,
she who's beautiful face launched 1,000
ships, started a 10 year war, created
loads of death and a razed city-state and,
as we all know, inspired a lot of seemingly
immortal literature.  
It's a great pipe, made from Grecian briar
that is proving to be a wonderful

P.S.  Posted most recently was a Rad
Davis & Walt Cannoy on the U.S. page
and an unsmoked Clarence Mickles on the
Specials page.  
A beautifully grained
Grenci went up on the Italian page.

Secondly, Pulvers Prior Briar is having a
sale, a rare event, on all pipes consigned
by CO.  If you see those letters after the
stock number of a pipe, you can reduce
the sale price by 20% on all pipes over
$385 and a still rather hefty 15% on all
pipes listed below that price.  This is
driven the by consignor as his way of
welcoming in summer, even though he
has recently given up surfing.  

Two new (old) tins came to me, and thus
possibly to you, yesterday.  Full  
disclosure requires that 4 tins came in,
but you will not get to see two of them
unless you live around here.  The two
remaining tins are:

McClelland's 1992 Xmas Cheer 100 g. $150
Barry Levin's 1993-1994 Nutcracker Flake
Limited Edition Virginia
"Extra Matured for the Holiday Season"
in a solid purple/pink label that I've never
seen before.  $225.  It was "created from
10 year old Virginias, then tinned and
allowed 3 additional years to mature in the
can."  by Mcclelland, of course.  

Butera's Sweet Cavendish. 1 tin. 50 g.
from same 1990s collection but date
stamp obliterated.  $25.

Margate with old 90's label 1 tin. $65.

Ashton's Celebrated Sovereign. 1997.
100 g. 1 tin. $65.

17.  Germain's Special Latakia Flake. $65.

Achtung, Achtung.  I am getting phone
calls asking about an e-mail that was
fraudulently sent out in my name.  I do
not send out cryptic e-mails, etc.  Do not
open anything that comes into your
in-box, even from your mother, unless
you are expecting it and can tell from the
subject line exactly what the contents are.
With me, the contents will only be related
to pipes...either one you inquired about or
purchased.  I don't sell cosmetics,
financial advice or wine futures.
For those of you who have received the
fraudulent e-mail, accept my
condolence...there were too many for me
to call and explain individually.  Hence,
this message.

Please take a look at our Specials page,
where we have the pipes that have been
donated to raise money for pipe maker
Rolando Negoita, who had brain tumor
surgery and is now undergoing
post-operation treatment to deal with that
And talking about Rolando, and raising
money for him, and talking about
McClelland's Virginias, we've received a
recent donation of a 100 gram, 2000
Christmas Cheer.  If you're first, and think
$85 is a good way to get that  venerated,
millenial, aged tobacco plus contribute to
a fine cause, I am here for you.  First
e-mail request.  No phone calls on this
one.  Thanks.

Buying a pipe is a good and painless
way to help a great member of our
Of course, cash donations to the URL
below are also welcome.
Be generous.

Don't forget to see the Original Sin Apple
on the Human Folly page.  It's called
"Paradise Lost" & it's the first pipe in our
ground breaking series that  points a
shaming finger at instances of
thoughtless human folly that inevitably
led to human tragedy.  That first five sold
out quickly, and the 2nd group, three of
them, have just arrived.  If you want one,
please let me know now as it will be
awhile before any others are produced.

It is horrifying that we have to fight our
own government to save the environment.
-Ansel Adams, photographer (20 Feb

Philadelphia: All the filth and corruption of
a big city; all the pettiness and insularity
of a small town.          Howard Ogden

available tins
Pease Southlinch from 2002 NASPC show.
Friedman & Pease Winter's Tale.  $100
Balkan Sobranie Virginia # 10 50 grams.
New Tins arrived, including
Abingdon, and a bunch of
others from 2003 and starting @ $40 a tin.

More old, collectible tins from the 1990's:

McClelland Mixture #1 (2000?) 100 grams.

Ashton 1997 Celebrated Sovereign 4 oz.,
Esoterica Pembroke...2 oz., 56 grams. $80
Davidoff Royalty 50 grams. $30
Davidoff Danish 50 grams. $25
Dunhill Std. Mixture Mild from Lane 50
grams. $65

Benjamin Hartwell Pvt. Reserve 50 grams
Consolidated Cigar (thus from mid '90's)

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fine used
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