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Estate Ligne Bretagne Pipe #0502lb

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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 was NOT unsmoked, however - It was quite well-smoked. This is a pet peeve of mine - I've seen way too many pipes that were blackened stumps which then turned up on ebay later fully refinished and advertised as "Lightly smoked". This wasn't damaged or burned but when it came to me it had seen a lot of use, but I've given it a full end-to-end restoration so it's back to nearly Like-New condition, including alcohol cleaning, stem sanding and refinishing, and a full bowl clean and polish. Now it will be an ideal pipe for anyone who's been curious to snag a Ligne Bretagne but maybe didn't have the cash for a new one.

The grain on this pipe is excellent, too. I tried to get some nice close-up shots above - It's a good looking crosscut. Looking at it, I'm intrigued most by the differences between it, from 2005, and our Ligne Bretagnes today. Modern ones are a bit better detailed. The biggest difference is probably just that this one is stamped on the sides of the shank instead of underneath, which is how we do most of them today. It has the Ligne Bretagne stamp and also the 'Faite en Bretagne' stamp from our years in France. A nice piece for a nice price!