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St. Claude, France...Napoleon, n'est ce pas? 89-387GN
Someday someone will explain why a man who killed off 1/2
million Frenchmen in one campaign is so revered in that
country.  And that doesn't even address that they were the
physical cream of France's youth.  The world is mad.  This pipe
is in good condition.  The carving is less than stellar. Used.
5.5"long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 66 grams. $35.
Jurgen Moritz #330031
Jurgen donated this pipe to the Rolando fund & the retail price
ihe established for it is $325, which is already inexpensive for
a sandblast by a recognized pipe maker.  It's a Grp. 5 size with
an open draw and Jurgen's signature stem work, by which I
mean he understands the importance of a slim, narrow &
therefore comfortable (to many of us) stem.  The blast reveals a
tight grain in hard wood.  New.
6" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $225.
JR Sweden...Jonas Rosengren #31406
This pipe hits all the proper notes as far as I'm concerned.  The
pipe has the right, reasonable size for holding in the hand or
the jaw, Grp. 4, with a proper chamber capacity.  The pipe also
exhibits fine design, while still adhering to the standards of what
a traditional shape offers...the comfort of a flat, ebonite stem,
a wide-open draw and very good looking proportions.  In short,
this pipe maker, who donated this pipe, can make a pipe.  BTW,
that fuzzy looking blob at the front of the bowl is not bad camera
work (although it may be that, also) it is simply remarkably tight
Bird's Eye grain in a good sandblast finish.  I've never seen that
before.  From the maker, it would be $700.  New.
5.45" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 37 grams. $545.
Clarence Mickles #623240
This is an unsmoked pipe by beloved U.S. deceased pipe maker
who always had a strong following.  It's a Grp. 6 size, with open
draw that easily takes a pipe cleaner.  Acrylic stem.  Unsmoked.
5.8" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $175.
Psst.  All these pipes need to be sold to raise money
for a favorite son's medical expenses.  Just between
us, if you are interested in a pipe, and see that it
hasn't sold in two or three weeks, feel free to make
an offer directly to me.  We don't need to tell anyone
else what the selling price is.  What other people don't
know won't hurt them.  
N.B.  Choose carefully.  Very carefully.  Unlike all the
other pipes on my site,
the pipes on the Specials page
are not returnable for any reason.
 Nor have they
been, or will they be reconditioned.  They are sold
"as is." Simply put, I am not going to handle these
pipes twice.  Is that understood?  Is that clearly
understood?  There is no reason to think that there
is a problem with any of the pipes included here, but
they have been donated, not vetted.
Mastro de Paja Brugo #82183
A grp 6 size Billiard, with a slightly loose stem (I'm pretty sure I
can take care of that without compromising my hands-off
approach to these donated pipes) and a few very minor tooth
marks on the bottom of the acrylic stem.  A little simple reaming
& cleaning of the chamber and shank would do it a world of
good, too, I suspect.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 66 grams. $55.
Ben Wade Made in England #82178  (SOLD)
This is large, a Grp. 7 size bowl I suspect, but the stem is not
in good cond.  It's certainly usable, but has tooth marks on top
& bottom...not deep, but not attractive.  The quality of the sand-
blast is superb, however and makes this a worthwhile recon-
ditioning project (meaning get a new stem for $20).  Everything
else, will clean up easily & well.  I will say that I can see the
residue of the Ben Wade name on the stem, so it is an original.
7" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2.75 oz., 78 grams. $35.
Kevin Arthur #623207
The first focal point for each pipe I look at with any intention of
acquiring it is the stem...it must be flat, thin and fairly narrow.
That is what spells comfort for me.  This pipe's hand cut stem
beautifully meets that criteria.  The draw is open & the blast
gives strong indication of hard briar.  The cond. is exc. Used.
5.4" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $95.
2105 Ashton 3K Brindle #32993
This Grp 5 sized Billiard/Pot is in near new cond.  The draw is
open & despite a thick looking brindle stem, it's quite
comfortable .Does the "215" on the shank indicate the year.
5.55" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 41 grams. $145.
Sam Martin #330113
Grp. 6 size, in very good cond., with just a touch of wear on the
inner rim.  The draw is wide-open 7 the air hole is properly
drilled at the bottom of the chamber.  The stem is acrylic. Used.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $55.
Red Hat (by Kjeld Sørensen #31443
Grp 5 in size, maybe a bit larger.  You can see all the work that
went into the making of this pipe, so there's no need to belabor
that point.  What  you might not notice is that Kjeld chose to use
a twin-bore stem.  New.
5.3" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $315
Red Hat (Kjeld Sørensen) #31447 (SOLD)
A group 5 size, although the bulbous nature of the snail might
make it look larger.  Cross grain & Bird's Eye make this even
more dramatic looking.  The stem is ebonite.  New.
5.15" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $375.
Comoy's Designer #821106
The pipe sits up, the rim is clean, the size is about a Grp. 6.  
Also, there are tooth indentations on the stem, top & bottom, &
there is no "C" on the stem.  The teeth marks are not deep nor
will they compromise the ability to comfortably smoke the pipe,
but they are visible.  Used.
5" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 62 grams. $50.
Ardor Venere "Pipes & Tobaccos" 2001 Pipe of the Year
This was donated by "Pipes & Tobaccos" magazine to help
raise money for Rolando Negoita.  It comes with its original
sleeve and box, which confirms that it is #143 of that release.  
The number is also stamped on the pipe.  It's a Grp. 5 size, in
virgin finish with a hallmarked silver spigot treatment.  The draw
is open. These pipes sold for close to $600 at the time.  We're
going to give you quite a price break, as well as a chance to
contribute to Rolando's fund.   New.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $345.
Star Piben #330118 (SOLD)
Tim has been making pipes since 2006 & has also been a
customer of mine, so I'm inclined to speak highly of him.  This
very tightly grained blast has an unusual treatment on the rim
that makes you think more of a wormwood than a briar.  The
draw is wide-open and the pipe easily takes a cleaner through
the flat, comfortable vulcanite stem.  It's about a large Grp 5 in
size & is in exc. cond.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $75.
Nording #32945 (SOLD 5/30/18)
My instinct tells me that this is an early enough Nording so that
it was actually made by Erik himself.  The chamber was clearly
well reamed, but no damage was done and the walls are
smooth with no notches in the briar.The draw is open and the
stem is vulcanite.  My thumb easily fits into the chamber.  As an
aside, I have to say that the stem work and the shape remind
me of Celius, although this clearly stamped Nording.  Used.
5.6" long, bowl 2.9" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $45.
Pipa Croci 20th Anniv. (2003) Edition.  #329214
Pipa Croci must have access to large, well grained briar.  This
pipe is no exception.  Check out that grain & understand it is on
a big piece of briar.  Ltd. Edition, #3 of 150.  New.  
7.25" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 89 grams. $165
Connoisseur by Ed Burak 33047 (SOLD 6/23/18)
There may be a fill in the front of the bowl, and there are pit
marks, but nothing is covered...it's all natural, which bespeaks
of the maker's confidence in the quality of the briar.  I have that
same confidence.  The pipe is light and there is no adulteration,
such as a coated bowl, to impede the natural concert between
wood and tobacco.  Great shape, too.  Grp. 5 size.  Unsmoked.
5.9" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $125.
Ardor Mercurio #329199
This gorgeously grained pipe was donated by importer Steve
Monjure.  I mention this because he can always use the good
publicity and mostly because by mentioning its provenance we
can get a few dollars more for Rolando.  Mentioning the name of
collector-donors, as nice as that might be, will not bring in more
money for the cause.  I't's offered @ more than 30% off. Grp 6.
6" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 65 grams. $365
Ser Jacopo Picta Picasso 15 #31482 (SOLD 6/7/18)
This octagonal beauty doesn't, I suppose, depict any specific
pipe that Picasso painted, but it does have a very special,
stellar silver ferrule that shows images from Picasso's most
famous work, Guernica, commemorating the deaths of about
1500 people by the Spanish Fascist forces of Francisco
Franco.  This pipe, besides some fine Bird's Eye and flame
grain has a great color, or patina.  It should smoke beautifully.
It's a grp 6 size, with an open draw.  There are some little dings
on the bowl.  The rim, stem & chamber are in exc. cond. Used.  
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 75 grams. $135.
Pre-Transition Barling EXEL #329189
Shape # 224, in what appears to be exc. cond., except for a
layer of removable carbon on the rim and an oxidized rim.  The
Barling logo is fully intact on the stem and the nomenclature is
clear & crisp.  Used.
5.4" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $245.
JHW #33021
John Weinberger (Mr. JHW) was Mark Tinsky's mentor, as many
of you know.  This is not a large pipe, but based on the chamber
capacity, I'm calling it a Grp 5.  If you want to think of it as a 4, I
won't sue.  The draw is open and cond. is near-new.  Used.
5.4" long., bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $65.
Willbo #33057 (SOLD 5/22/18)
Not a well known name, but quite a decent Danish pipe for it.  
Grp 3 size in very good cond. with no wear on the rim and no
marks on the vulcanite stem.  The shaping reminds me of Bari
& it's possible there is some connection.  Besides the name,
the only bit of nomenclature is "Handmade in Denmark."  Used.  
5.7" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 31 grams. $65.
Cooke #33062 (SOLD)
Grp 6 size bowl, with a shank & stem that looks geared to a
smaller, trimmer pipe.  The stem is bone, and the ferrule also is
that, or horn.  The cond. is exc., & the draw is open.  Used.
5.65" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 64 grams. $60.
1968 Dunhill Bruyere #32983  
This is stamped Grp 3, but I most definitely would have taken it
for a 4 had I not looked as I started typing this description.  
There is a little wear at the rim and some of the nomenclature
isn't crisp, but it's all there an easily legible.  The draw is open,
the stem is mark-free and this should be a great smoker. Used.
6" ;long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $150
Gourd Calabash #329128 (SOLD)
Unlike the cup with the overhanging rim, the meerschaum lining
here is permanently inserted.  The gourd is thin, which may be
why they didn't try to install a large cup.  Call it a Grp 3 size.
The cond. is exc., and the draw is open.  It's barely been used.
7.25" long.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 35 grams. $65.  
No Name, attributed to Elliott Nachwalter #32932 (SOLD)
This donation comes from a high-grade collector that lives in
New England and who states that this was an early Elliott
Nachwalter.  considering the clean quality of the briar, and the
shape, it most certainly could have.  In any case, junk,
rusticated basket pipes cost more.  Grp. 5 in size. Unsmoked.
5.75" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 66 grams. $55.
Will Purdy Ax Garlic #33006 (SOLD 5/22/18)
Is this shape called a Garlic?  I don't know.  It looks like that is
what Neill Archer Roan wrote when describing this pipe that he
donated for Rolando.  Does the shape remind Will of a clove or
a bulb of garlic?  If so, I hope he gets a lot out of his therapy.  It
is a Grp. 6 in size, with a wide-open draw, terrific cross grain, a
very comfortable, flat vulcanite stem and is in near-new cond.
Is Ax Will's highest grade?  I don't know, but it must be up there.
5.85" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 68 grams. $325.
Star Piben #330118 (SOLD 6/22/18)
Other than "hand made" and the brand name, no other
stamping is on this pipe.  I'm going to assume it's Danish, due
to the "piben."  It's either a large Grp. 3 or small Grp. 4 in size,
with an open draw and ebonite stem.  The condition is good,
with only the little wear on the rim detracting.  The cut and feel
are nice, but I do see four small fills on the bowl.  Yet, I have a
good feeling about this pipe.  I bet it smokes very well.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 26 grams. $35.
Charles (C.P.) Cooke #33027
According to Pipedia, Chas. Cooke was a Southern Cal pipe-
maker who died young.  Looking at the photos that are
available, it's clear he was a good pipe maker on the road to
becoming a very good pipe maker.  This large diamond shank
Billiard is well cut, with an open draw, indicating good construc-
tion ability, too.  The cond. is either new or near-new.  It's had to
tell if the dark in the chamber is from a 20 second smoke (I hate
it when that happens) or the whirling of the hot blade that cut
the chamber.  The size is grp. 6.  It doesn't have impressive
grain, but the briar is fill-free, with an uncoated chamber.
6 7/8" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $65. .
Jørn Larsen by UPtown 33052 (SOLD)
Grp. 5 in size with a wide-open draw.   The shape is just a
dream to hold so it could easily become one of your most
frequently reached-for pipes, especially since the vulcanite
stem is so flat and comfortable.  The trim is plastic. Used.
5.4" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 2 oz.,, 55 grams. $225.
JHW #33097
From the workshop of Jack Weinberger, the breeding ground of
both Curt Rollar and Mark Tinsky, among many others.  Consid-
ering the creativity of Weinberger, this may have been made by
one of his apprentices.  Grp. 5 size & in exc. cond. Open draw.
6.25" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams.  Used.  $75.
Børge Mortensen #33083
Mortensen worked for Stanwell for over 30 years and made
pipes on the side.  His name is stamped in very small letters on
the turned part of the stem near the shank and he also has two
logos, the hammer of Thor, stamped on the stem and on the
flat bottom of this bowl.  Also on the flat bottom is the number
67, indicating the number of pipes produced.  The numbers
stamped at the front of the bowl are a mystery to me. Grp. 4,
and in very good cond., with an open draw.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $65.
Sam Learned #330101 (RESERVED)
The Horn can be a tough sell, but Sam did a good job with this
piece of briar, The bowl is upright, so one of the hazards of the
shape, spilled embers, is eliminated.  The grain placement here
is near perfect, with the cross grain at the back & front of the
bowl with Bird's Eye on the sides.  The cond. is exc., the draw is
open, the stem is vulcanite and the size is Grp. 5. Used.
6" long.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $95.
Kaywoodie Gale #330123 (SOLD 5/30/18)
If you like wind caps, this is the best kind...it's solid and works
smoothly.  The pipe is Grp.3 size and is unsmoked.  the shape
# is 08 and the stinger has 4 holes in it.  New.
5.6" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 31 grams. $75.