Beautiful Dark Grain Archer's Estate Briar Pipe Made in England 133 Unsmoked!

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Seller: pipeclub (806) 100%, Location: Marietta, South Carolina, Ships to: Americas, Europe, AU, NZ, Item: 273803103743 First and foremost I have to point out one of the main selling points of this pipe other than being reasonably priced for an old estate that dates no further than the late 70s approximately, is the grain. It is rare you see a pipe with a knot in the briar. It is indisputable that this pipe is as beautiful as some high end pipes out there. Not much is known on Archer's, as it is older, and not much was recorded at the time. People used to go to the store, buy a pipe, put their favorite blend in, and didn't make much about it. Many collected and hoarded them, but there wasn't the trends then as there was today in a time we investigate and discuss online. It was from a day when people smoked without calling it a "hobby." This is all fine with me, because I am one of those current day people that is all around obsessive with the whole shebang, so I include myself in the "hobbyist" category to be clear, and avoid offending or sounding like a snob. This is a Comoy's shape, but also other large British brands as well, but my guess is a lot of them were made in the same factory. As we get obsessed about brands, as some do have a great reputation, there were many made in the same factories by the same hands. Many were sub brands, many were seconds, and some just were not as well known. Archer's could have been a Brick and Mortar possibly, even though they are listed as a maker simply because there is enough of them out there to list under makers. The main point I am getting to is there are a lot of great pipes out there that you can get cheaper like this one that are pretty much the same thing. I am going to rule out it was ever Comoy's because of the "Made in England" stamping, as they kept their original stamps other than Comoy's when they stamped a pipe shop's name on for them as was once done. This stamping seems to have stopped after the big trend in the 90's. Now for the pipe. It is a good sized billiard, pre-charred by the maker. It is broken in by the charring process, so the break in period of the tobacco going out should be at a minimum if at all. It will taste like you tobacco from the first puff. This is older briar, unsmoked, aged before it was even made longer than todays pipes. In a day of fancy carving and sandblast combined with bright stems, you still cannot beat a classic smoker. Billiard is the simplest classic shape out there, along with the pot, but they deliver a good smoke. It feels great to hold, and I have a few billiard pipes of my own that are much treasured based on the performance, and the feel. What became classic became that way for a reason, which is why classic styles in anything are popular today. Some times a good thing is just a good thing. I have nothing against the new artistic ones, so do not mistake me, I like those as well, but I for one happen to have an appreciation for what often may get looked over by many that are just getting into it. This is a great pipe. Snug Vulcanite stem 6" lengthChamber measures 1 3/4”deep by 3/4” across. Our pipes come to you cleaned, refurbished and ready to smoke! Refurbished by a specialist, which includes: Chamber reamed with a very thin layer of cake leftStem cleaned and disinfectedWaxed & polished Condition: Used, Condition: Excellent condition., Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom, Body Shape: Billiard

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