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

(650) 965-7403
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.
Nording "Great Dane" #31401
Quite a large freehand...about a Grp 7 size.  The cond. is exc.,
the draw is open, the stem is vulcanite and the band is sterling.
6.5" long, bowl 2.7" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 76 grams. Used. $75
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.
Kaj Nielsen #31411 (SOLD 3/16/18)
Grp. 6 size, in exc. cond. with a brindle stem and open draw.  
Great Bird's Eye on the bottom of the bowl & shank &
handsome straight grain around the bowl to complement that
lightly stained, clean briar.  I do see a few very minor scratches
on the bowl, but the stem is mark-free.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 82 grams. $95.
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.
 Simply put, I am
not going to handle these pipes twice.  Is that under-
stood?  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.
Stokkebye L #31416  (SOLD 3/15/18)
I never thought of it in exactly this way before, but Jorgen
Larsen, the maker of pipes for Peter Stokkebye (and both
before and after, the maker of pipes under his own name,
Jorgen L) might have been the most refined of all pipe makers.
If you look at pipes by almost all other makers, and examine
them vis a vis Jorgen's, they look clunky by comparison.
For sure, in my book, he was one of the 3 finest 'purist' pipe
makers.  The "L" grade was pretty high up his chart and this
one, outside of some wear at one part of the rim, is in exc. cond.
The stem is mark-free and the draw is wide-open.  The stem is
brindle ebonite.  It's Grp 4 size.  Used.
5.65" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. $275.
Jody Davis Friar #31421 (SOLD 3/15/18)
Grp 6 size, with deep, sharp ring grain blast.  The vulcanite
stem flattens out for comfort just where it needs to.  The draw is
wide-open and the cond. is exc.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $275.
George Jensen #31426
Georg Jensen pipes rarely impress me.  This one is a good step
or two up from the others I"ve seen.  It's a Grp 5 size with an
open draw and a comfortable ebonite stem that is mark-free.  
This pipe was donated by Rick Newcombe & so probably
acquired during one of his trips to Denmark to spend time with
and interview the Danish pipe makers.  Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 45 grams. $65.
Ser Jacopo Maxima #31437 (SOLD 3/17/18)
This beauty is another of the pipes donated by Rick Newcombe,
and one he had to track down for some few years after seeing
its silver-capped mate on the cover of a pipe periodical.  Grp 7
size, in near-new cond.  The draw is wide-open & remarkably, a
pipe cleaner goes right to the chamber bottom.  Used.
5.5" long, bowl 2.75" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 81 grams. $325.
Mark Tinsky Sunrise #31431
A Grp 6 size, with an uncoated chamber, into which I can fit my
thumb.  Besides the "Sunrise" designation, there is also a 4 in a
circle on the bottom of the shank.  The draw is open 7 the stem
is acrylic.  Unsmoked.
5.9" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. $225.
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
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.
Walt Cannoy #31456
If your standard for judging a pipe is by the number of knuckles
the bamboo shank contains, this 5 knuckler should be high on
your list of desirable acquisitions.  The straight grain is exc. all
around the bowl, with no serious fall-off.  The bowl is Grp 5 size.
More importantly, the draw is wide-open.  A nice engineering
feat, I would imagine.  The stem is ebonite.  Used.
9" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $345
Dunhill #31451 (SOLD 3/18/18)
There is not enough shank on the bamboo pipes on which to
stamp a country of origin or a date.  My educated guess is that
the pipe is from the mid-to-late 60's.  It does have the Grp. 4
stamp and is in exc. cond.  with an open draw.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 31 grams. $275.
4 Assorted Pipes for $40 #314130
A basic clean-up job that will reap the worker fine rewards.
From the top: Kaywoodie Flame Grain with 2 digit shape # and
a stinger that is broken off 1/2 way down the tube, but the pipe
has exc. grain and is in good cond.  Below that is a Luciano
Prince.  A good pipe with clean, virgin stain in v. good cond.  
Next down is a Marxman, in exc. cond. except for minor tooth
chatter on the stem that can be easily taken out.  Finally, a
Kaywoodie Super Grain with 2 digit shape # (86B) & full 4 hole
stinger.  It also has a clover leaf, but on the side opposite that
which I photographed.  Mea culpa.  It's in v. good cond.  
5 Assorted Pipes for $45. #314132
Pipes worth cleaning up.  From the top:  Savinelli Punto Oro
Mister G in v. good condition that only needs cleaning to be a
fine pipe.  Next down is a No Name, with pits, but no fills and in
v. good cond.  Below that is a Grp. 5 sandblast with a name of
Americana, but made in St. Claude, France.  Also in v. good
cond.  Below that is a Kaywoodie Flamegrain with very little or
no flame grain on it that I can discern.  But it is in v. good cond.
& has a two digit shape # and a 4 hole stinger.  Bottom pipe is
an old (between the wars) "London Made" pipe for a store in
Montreal called Gerth's.  It's a damned nice pipe.  
Jack Howell #31461
I will let the design speak for itself.  The draw is wide-open, the
ebonite stem is flat and comfortable, the size is Grp 5 & the
blast indicates that the pipe was made of a hard briar.  Used.
5.55" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. $275.
Senatarov #31466
The deep, sharp ring grain blast that circles the bowl seems to
be an attempt to duplicate Jim Cooke's style.  It's well
don...maybe a poor man's Cooke because this is coming in at
about 1/3 of a new Cooke.  The bowl is uncoated, the size is
Grp 6, the stem is vulcanite and the draw is open.  New.
5.65" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $265.
2007 Kaywoodie Pipe of the Year
This Grp. 7 sized beauty was donated by Bill Feurbach, who is
the proprietor of Kaywoodie and the venerable S.M. Frank pipe
Co.  He's also a member of the Hudson Valley Pipe Club, and
the members of that group, too numberous for me to mention,
have donated a lot of superb pipes and deserve better
treatment than I'm giving them, but they all live near, and know,
Rolando and I'm positive they care more about helping him than
in recognition from this site.  But I want them all to know how
grateful we all are for their assistance.  The same goes for all
the donors, of course.  The Guss bros., Rick Newcombe,
Shunya Togashi and his crowd, Richard Friedman for his
super generous contribution.  It could go on.  Please forgive me
for those I've not mentioned.  Know that you're not forgotten &
are written in on my spread sheet because this is getting to be
a bigger project than one old man can readily handle.  So far,
so good.  This pipe has an open draw, an uncoated bowl & a
chamber into which I can fit my thumb.  In 2007 it was $190. New
6.5" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 5/8 oz., 75 grams. $150.