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Estate 1998-02TB Talbert Briar 

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 Price: $435
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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!

Here's another oldie, the pipe that I informally nicknamed the Marlowe way back in 1998. It was one of my first attempts at making something that resembled a classical shape - Alas, I didn't have a good enough eye yet for the subtleties of a classic, and my workshop was woefully too primitive. This was not turned, it was shaped by spinning it on a dowel held in my power hand drill which was strapped to the 2x4's that served as my workbench!

Here's something else that sellers normally don't say - It's priced high because I want to keep it. The pricing here is less "What I objectively think the pipe is worth" and more "What it will take to get it away from me." When it came back here, it needed a lot of work to refurbish and improve it... So much so, in fact, that I wrote an entire pipe blog post about this specific pipe. When it first came back, I winced when I saw it. Now, after spending so much time tweaking the shape and slowly turning it into... Well, not a swan but perhaps a Canada Goose at least, I find myself sentimentally attached to it. I need to sell it, because we still need funds to cover Emily's health care costs, but... I won't be heartbroken if it does not sell, either. If I'm sure I have the money to cover it, at some point it's more than likely going to quietly disappear into my own collection if someone else doesn't grab it first.

Most of the pipe's detailed description is in the blog post I linked to above, but here's a bit of additional info. The stem is a swirled cumberland-like acrylic, so no fading worries. It's the original stem to the pipe, all the way from 1998, and after getting rid of most of the teeth marks, it looks nearly new. This material was always one of my favorites to work with. It's beautiful stuff, and it stays beautiful. The silver band is genuine silver, bought in tube form. I did the ring cutting on it by hand, on that same power drill, and did the etching work on the middle section. The silver band was applied jeweler-style, using heat - It was heated enough to cause expansion, then the epoxy was applied and it was press-fitted onto the shank where cooling let it clamp down hard. It's held for 21 years now without coming off, which makes me happy given that this is about as "early stage me" as one can find. It's a natural sitter, and is completely unstained.