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Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

(650) 965-7403
Savinelli Punto Oro #117122 (SOLD 2/23/17)
Shape #111 KS, which means King Size, I was once told,
although why Italians would use English words to describe their
pipes I haven't figured out...unless it's because they want to
appeal to their largest customer base (if that's even the case
these days).  In any case, I believe what I was told is true
because the letter "K" has almost no presence in the Italian
language, and then only when used for imported foreign words
like "karma.".  Replacement acrylic stem, which is an upgrade.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. Used.  $30.
Savinelli Deluxe #117110 (SOLD 2/6/17)
This old Deluxe, with pretty good cross grain is a Grp. 5 in size
& has a shape # of 611 KS.  Except for those unsightly tooth
marks, mostly on the bottom of the stem, the cond. is very good.
The draw is wide-open & a cleaner just pours through to the
bottom of the chamber.  Vulcanite stem.  Used.
5.95" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $25.
Meerschaum #909259
The draw for this pipe, if there is one, is the always sought after
African face.  This representation must be of an African Queen
because of the tiara on the top of her head.  The carving is not
bad, if not great, but the stone is more mat like than lustrous.  
Then, the stem was cut off and re-formed, so it does not fit the
length of the case.  The draw is weak, too.  I think this is more
of a collectible for somebody that wants the unusual theme
than for somebody who wants a good smoke.  Used.
5.3" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $45.
St. Claude, France...Napoleon, n'est ce pas? 80387GN
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.
K&P Dublin #117144 (SOLD 2/11/17)
This is Peterson's Seconds line, meaning only that there's a
cosmetic flaw visible on the surface of the bowl.  This pipe is
unsmoked and is in their Rhodesian shape #999.  Open draw.
5.55" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. New. $35.
Charatan Perfection #117164 (SOLD 2/9/17)
The pipe is in very good cond., with only a bare hint of wear at
one spot of the inner rim.  You can detect some tooth chatter
on the stem, but no indentations.  What is missing is the "L"
so I don't know if it's post Lane or a European purchase.  Most
of the "CP" logo is visible on the original stem, but some has
been buffed off.  It's a Grp. 5 size.  Vulcanite stem.  Used.
5.8" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. $35.
Comoy's Tradition #117196  (SOLD 2/28/17)
You can see the spot where there's wear on the rim & there are
very insignificant tooth marks on the stem.  The "C" is com-
prised of three parts, but it just doesn't look original to me, or
else they did a very sloppy job.  I believe everything except
cash donations.  It's certainly old Tradition quality grain.  Wide-
open draw, vulcanite stem. Grp. 4 sized chamber.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 24 grams. $30.
GBD #117201
If I had any self-respect, I'd toss this in one of those bundles of
"4 Assorted Pipes for $X."  Nah, not really.  I just typed that to
attract the attention of those of you with ADD.  It's a well made
pipe, but with at least one fill (I don't see any others) and no
GBD logo on the stem,  The stem looks original to me, so I think
the pipe was made during the time they didn't use their little
brass insert and in this case, the white GBD was buffed off.  Yet,
and I point this out in the name of full disclosure, it does say
"1970s" on the bottom of the shank.  If that is, indeed, the year
the pipe was made, I'm pretty sure they were using the brass
logo and were not filling their "firsts," which a pipe stamped GBD
would have to be.  Any GBD experts out there?  The cond. is
actually excellent, both stem and bowl, the draw open & a thin
cleaner easily passes through.  So, in the paraphrased words
of Peter Ustinov, holding up a glass of Gallo wine as far from
his nose as propriety would permit while doing an ad for them,
this might just be the best tasting pipe you've ever smoked.
5.3" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams.  Used. $25.
4 Assorted Brand Name Pipes for a lousy $60 #117260
From the top: BBB Natural Grain.  Well, yes, it is natural...it is
also pretty bald, which isshort hand for "no grain."  But...that
doesn't mean it won't smoke great & the pipe is in very good
cond.  Replacement stem, I presume, with some very shallow
teeth marks top & bottom.  Next down is a GBD Prehistoric, also
with a replacement stem.  Pipe is in good cond.  Does that
fancy band cover a crack in the shank?  I can't see one, but no
promises in that dep't.  The Canadian is a Peterson shamrock
from the old "Made in Ireland" era, original stem and band.  The
cond. is exc., but there are two more fills in this pipe than there
are islands in the Philippine archipelago.  Hardcastle Old
Bruyere Giant.  It's not a giant pipe.  At most, it's a large Grp. 4.
The cond. is good, and it sits up, but there is burning on the
outer rim.  Not where it effects the chamber, but a bit unsightly.