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Estate 2007 Talbert Briar Freehand 

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 Price: $SOLD
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The quick story - I've recently gotten hold of a large cache of my older pipes as part of a generous gift to help us pay my wife's cancer surgery expenses. Over the next weeks, I'll be gradually posting them as I get them cleaned, inspected, etc. Many of these pipes are NEW and UNSMOKED and have been part of a display collection, sometimes for as much as 20 years!

This one is an estate pipe, though barely... The slight rim darkening is the only evidence of prior smoking. It was in excellent condition when it came to me and I've done a bit of polishing and interior cleaning, but there was little to do and now it's back to virtually new condition, just several hundred dollars less expensive than a new one like this would be!

This one was a Grade 4 for grain, which looks downright amazing. The bowl shape and the curvature of the smooth rim were cut to match and follow the expanding pattern of the age rings, making the whole pipe a literal example of letting nature guide one's hand. It's a fascinating and quirky shape with a lot of hidden and un-obvious lines - probably my favorite is the long, smooth arc that extends from the shank top to the curl at the front of the bowl, UNDER the pipe. Check out the underside view above for what I mean, particularly the pic where it's lying on its side on the lighter showing the bottom crease line.

It's worth stressing that this is a BIG pipe, so fans of medium and smaller pipes should look elsewhere. The bowl is tall, deep, surrounded by very thick walls, and between the wall thickness and the very craggy sandblast, it should do a marvelous job of dissipating heat during smoking. I've reworked the bit interior for a more open draw, and it will easily pass a pipecleaner from bit to bowl.