A very well made GBD pipe from the period before 1980 (in other words before the merge with Comoys under the Cadogans roof). Unique shape, great briar with amazing grain, transparent acrylic stem as a tribute to legendary perspex stems produced by GBD after the World War II - fantastic addition to every collection!
Carlo Scotti, founder (in 1943) of Castello trademark used to say "I run an artisan business and not a factory; my pipes are artistic pieces, the fruit of scilled hands, hearts and imaginations". Over next years Scotti's company shown how it's possible to join tthe highest aestetic and techical qualities and today Castelly is one of the mostly appreciated and collected Italian brands.
An absolutely amazing highly collectable full bent ("Oom Paul") pipe created by Dunhill carvers in 1956. The pipe is completed with two newly made stems: the canonical black vulcanite stem with the white spot according to Dunhill standards and the modernistic inversion white acrylic stem with the black spot. So you may choose every time the stem which suits better your mood, time of the day, the season, the weather or the last results of your favorite team :-)
USA, 1980-90s, unsmoked
An exquisite, rich styled (and still unsmoked!) pipe made by Thomas Cristiano. Tomas Cristiano was the Italian by origin, his family emigrated to the USA in 1968 and several generations of Cristiano are involved into production and marketing of wonderful briar pipes. Thomas began at the S.M. Frank & Company factory - one of the "briar giants" of America, very quickly he made outstanding career and started own production of the brands T. Cristiano and Calabresi. Thomas's pipes are in Italian way graceful and expressive and in American way well balanced in terms of a price / quality ratio.
An unsmoked BBB Best Make pipe from the second half of the XX century. After ancient times silver hallmarks BBB didn't apply any signs of a year or at least of a period of production, therefore we can't say more specific. The pipe did require some efforts: the shank was stopped with a bowl coat solution, so we had to clean it and re-coat the bowl. The inlaid diamond logo on the stem looks a bit overbuffed and had some light scratches and splintering, we fixed it additionally with a super glue for the maximal reliability.
A product of the Empire Briar Pipe Company Inc. of New York, most probably from the 1940-50s. The pipe did require some more attention than just a clean up . The stummel had a few dings which were carefully and reliably patched, the right side of the shank seems to be not ideally straight (oversanded?). The chamber looks a bit off center of the bowl (see the picture from the top). Anyway that's a good and affordable American pipe from the middle of the XX century.
One of very high grade Charatans pipes made before Lane era, most probably in the 1950s. Charatan's admirer knows the highest grade was the "Supreme". Another one of the highest grades, "Selected" level was the second from the top. Perhaps the most sophisticated and mind-blowing "Selected" pipes were made during the 1960-70s period. But in our case the shape number is placed on the same side with the "CHARATAN'S MAKE" stamping, what is typical for Reuben era, before the company was aquired by Lane ltd. That's an amazing finding indeed!
Fatastic and absolutely refined bent pipe from Petersons. Perhaps we don't need to perform any detailed explanations - the pipe speaks for itself!
A nicely made Danish freehand from Erik Nording. The pipe comes the most probably from the 1970-80 when his old grading system was applied (A to F and 1, 2, 3....). An exquisite middle size smooth freehand pipe with attractive distinct grain!
A Charatan's pipe from the "Lane era" (1960 - middle 1970s), the period of the brightest blossoming of this brand, delightful shapes and grains, which eclipsed all others pipe makers including Dunhill. Obviously Charatan's pipes should have got either double comfort (DC) or saddle stems. But it's the canadian pipe from the Lane Era Charatan's carvers, therefore it's made with the tapered stem. A real rarity!