We have the pipe sterilised, cleaned and polished to restore its mature, dignified appearance - like a fine piece of antique furniture.Now that they have done service for one proud owner, they are ready to give pleasure to their next owner at a fraction of their current new price - well worth looking at! cond., with the merest of tooth marks (can't really callthem indents); one on the bottom and one on the top of the stem. Shape # is 51091 &the draw is wide-open and the nomenclature clear & crisp. "Restored to its former glory" is an expression usually associated with old tables and chairs, but it is very appropriate for re-furbished pipes.The briar of a pipe bought in 1965 may have been 70 to 80 years old at that time - it is now over 100 years since that briar plant took root somewhere in the Mediterranean.The durability and cool sweet smoking of the Alfred Dunhill pipe with its “White Spot” trademark are universally acclaimed.Made from the finest quality briar, the “Dunhill” represents more than 90 separate processes over a period of several months.
However, a few '19' date code Parkers have popped up from time to time; in speaking with Michael Reschke - probably the most knowledgeable Parker historian and collector in the USA, if not the world - he told me he had personally seen two or three over the decades and had owned one of them.An oxidized stem will taste foul and a blocked draft hole will cause you to puff harder to keep the fire lit in the bowl.The pipe itself should have adequate rest between smokes and have the cake trimmed back to a reasonable thickness (I like less than a dime thick cake). It takes some experimentation to find out if a flake burns best fully rubbed out or folded and stuffed, which pipes work best with which tobacco etc. But, you can make sure that an over moist freshly opened tin of tobacco can have a chance to air out to the correct smoking humidity. Besides thebrand name & size & shape number, there is no other stamping on the shank, not even a country designation. 5is one of the few available that I saw when looking for a price comparison. I looked pretty carefully, with a lens, and I did not see any fillsin this wood...sure, a couple of pits, but no fills were visible to my eyes. The draw is wide-open and a cleaner floats through.