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Anatomy of our Stamping


Anatomy of our Stamping
Anatomy of our Stamping


Anatomy of our Stamping


The diagrams above show our current logo stamps and a typical positioning of the year and grade stamps. Collectors take note - This is the original stamp that we used from '98 to 2002, before switching to a new stamp reading "Talbert Briar" in late 2002 through to 2009. I hope this will make for easier identification of French-made and American-made Talberts on the collector market. The presence of an H or an S stamping indicates one of our older Halloween pipes or a Signature pipe. In 2012 I created our new Talbert Halloween stamp to identify the Halloween pipes and mark them as apart from our regular Talberts- That's what you see in the lower picture. In 2013 I created our new Talbert Yule stamp, to be used solely on each year's set of Yule pipes. I try to make these from November through December, then switch to a new shape each year.


Pricing and Grading

Talbert Briar grading is being further simplified for 2020, to wit - It's gone! I just found trying to adapt within a stratified rating system too cumbersome. Does a nice flamegrain smooth billiard outrank a complex carved shape, or a rustication effect that took 3X as long to create? The reality is that Talbert Briars just aren't produced in large enough numbers or regular enough shapes for economies of scale to kick in, so from here on out the Talberts will be individually priced, just like our Goblins and Halloween Pipes. This should give me a good bit more creative freedom and leeway for experimentation, when I don't have to keep an eye on a certain pre-determined price point on an arbitrary scale.