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Estate 2008 Goblin 

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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!

While this pipe is an estate, it's spent the last eleven years of its life in Paris - It was one of the last pipes we sold before moving from France back to the US, and the amazingly nice collector who bought it originally has donated it back to us to help with our fundraising. It's been well smoked over the last decade, but I've given it a thorough, end-to-end cleaning and refurbishing. The bowl chamber was reamed back to bare wood, the horn stem interior has been reamed and filed and alcohol-cleaned, and the entire pipe has received some extra detail carving and a complete re-sandblasting and restain, resulting in the beastie you see before you now.

It's a big pipe, don't let the short dimensions fool you. The walls are very thick and the bowl chamber is broad and wide, to offset the bowl depth. The stem is a handcut-in-France natural horn piece. Probably my favorite aspect of the whole pipe is the underside, so much so that I had to snap two pics of it above. The natural plateau grain that forms the underside of the pipe has been sandblasted further to accentuate and deepen the rippled surface of the plateau, creating that wonderfully jagged look you can see in the photos.