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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.
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. $65
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.
Chheda (Bill Shalosky) #33001
Neill Archer Roan, the donor of this pipe tells me it was made by
Bill Shalosky & Neill would know.  It's a Grp 5 in size, with a
sharp blast, a wide-open draw & vulcanite stem.  Year of
production was 2012.  The cond. is exc.  Used.
5.25" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 58 grams. $225.
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.
Don Carlos Fiammata One Note #31497
With his rigorous standards, this more than qualifies as a
Fiammata, with thin, tight straight grain all around the bowl.  The
draw is open & a cleaner needs but a little twist, no bending, to
go straight to the chamber bottom.  Talking about the bottom, in
this case, it is covered with Bird's eye.  The pipe qualifies as a
Grp 6 size, 7 the chamber diameter is such that it easily takes
my thumb.  It's 9/10" at the inner rim.  Exec. cond.  Used.
5.25" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $225.
Bill Walther #314101
I know Bill, and his pipes (I've purchased two) from our West
Coast Pipe Show, but I don't know how much the rest of the pipe
world knows his work.  They should; he makes fine pipes &
provides excellent value.  This Grp 6 Virgin is one example.  
The draw is wide-open, my thumb fits into the chamber, the
subtle straight grain is going to pop as smoke darkens the bowl
& the condition is near-new.  Fun brindle stem, too.  Used.
5.25" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $195
Cooke #33067
This Grp 6 size is in near-new cond., with an open draw and
construction that takes a cleaner right through to the chamber
bottom.  A comfortable, flat  vulcanite stem & lots of straight
grain make this quite an attractive pipe.  It takes a cleaner. Used
6.25" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $65.
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 #33073  (SOLD 5/19/18)
Grp. 6 size, with a chamber diameter into which I can put my
thumb.  The draw is wide-open and the stem is acrylic.  The
cond. is very good.  Used.
5.4" long., bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $35.
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.
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. $275
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.
Tim Thorpe #32940 (SOLD 5/19/18)
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
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. $195
Connoisseur by Ed Burak 33047
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
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
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
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, but attributed to Elliott Nachwalter #32932
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.
1981 Dunhill Shell #33042
The pipe is in near-new condition, so that issue is settled.  
There is a unique aspect to the pipe, however.  I do not recall
ever seeing a Dunhill with a curved bamboo shank.  In fact, I
doubt I've seen a curved bamboo shank on any pipe, although
I may have.  It's only slightly curved and has no impact on how
the pipe smokes, but it is worth mentioning.  Its a Grp. 4. Used.
6" long,  bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $165.
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
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
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.
Tatu #330106 (SOLD 5/22/18)
Tatsuo Tajima is the full name of this Japanese pipe maker.  I
had not heard of him, so I looked him up and his pipes typically
sell in the $400-$500 range.  You can see the finely crafted
carving and also the fact that the rusticated, straight lines on
the shank culminate in fine Bird's Eye at the stem end.  The
cond. is exc., and the draw is open.  The stem is vulcanite. Used
5" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $95.