The supreme challenge and adventure is the ability to see through the tired, broken, and dirty condition of a pipe and capture a vision of its potential – with a bit of help. Most of the pipes I have re-commissioned and sold have resulted from people exploring my ‘Help Me!’ baskets (and boxes!) looking for that perfect pipe that will be a gift for a husband or boyfriend – yes, many of the explorers have been women! Or, simply to add to one’s own collection. This gave me the idea of this virtual ‘ Help Me!’ basket For ‘PipeDreamers’ Only! – allowing a virtual tour of pipes waiting to be found by new stewards – pipes which then can be commissioned for restoration for that someone who can ‘dream’ of what the pipe can become!
How does it work? If you discover a pipe and want to commission it for restoration, send me a note at ThePipeSteward@gmail.com identifying the pipe you want restored (Ref.# and name). I will provide a rough estimate of the cost of the project (plus postage) and completion projection. When the commissioned pipe’s research, restoration and its publication are completed, I will provide the final valuing giving you the option of either purchasing the pipe or passing. If you pass, I will simply leave the pipe in The Pipe Steward Store. All pipes sold benefit the Daughters of Bulgaria. If you have question, send me a note or leave a comment below. Happy hunting!
COMMISSIONED #334 Paronelli Italy ‘Cobalt’ Rhodesian – An interesting texture that isn’t briar but a technique that emulates carbon fiber. It’s a fabric/resin that wraps the briar.
#333 Sport Horn Stem Stubby Paneled Tomato
#332 Paul Viou St. Claude Half Bent Billard – France
#331 Bruyere Extra Paneled Billiard – This is a very nicely shaped Paneled Billiard that I believe was manufactured in France. The bowl is ample.
COMMISSIONED #330 Robinson 8494 1/4 Bent Paneled Tomato
#329 Aspir Fabrication L.M.B. Petite Saddle Stem Billiard
#328 Hilson Fantasia Block Meerschaum Lined Billiard
#327 Chatel Horn Stem Sculpted Billiard
#325 EP Briar Petite Rustified Billiard
#324 BBB Classic London, England 106S Chimney – With the brass roundel on this BBB, gives some age. I’m calling it a ‘Chimney’ just by the appearance. I’ll seek to verify this with the shape number in my research. A nice looking vintage English pipe.
#323 Jeantet Superior Slightly Bent Saddle Chimney France – I’m calling this shape a Chimney, which could be a marginal call, has a distinctive tightening of the ‘chimney’ at the rim which I find attractive. Jeantet is a French name that I appreciate after restoring several.
#321 Pipe Dr. Geo Deposee Horn Stem Paneled Bulldog France
#320 Unmarked Horn Stem Bulldog – Even though this Bulldog is unbranded, it came with the French Lot of 50, and with the horn stem, I’m guessing it is also has a French COM. Very nice different look for a classic Bulldog and a diamond horn stem.
#319 Napoleon of Italy Billiard – This Italian stamped classic Billiard has very nice grain pattern hidden beneath the old finish.
#318 Vieille Bruyere Petite Blasted Apple – French made.
#317 Chap Ecume – Meerschaum Lined Horn Stem Billiard – This French made of St. Claude, has some shank challenges, but the fact that it’s Meerschaum lined makes this restoration very much worth it. I like the horn rim – adds a rustic feel.
COMMISSIONED #315 ERGI Grand Luxe RJ Horn Stem Billiard – The horn stem on this pipes is nice as it shapes out the classic Billiard. I believe this is a French made pipe, but until I do the research, I’m not 100% sure.
COMMISSIONED #314 Bearded Sailor Sculpture
COMMISSIONED #313 Paul Viou St Claude Churchwarden
COMMISSIONED #312 Leather Wrapped Classic Billiard
COMMISSIONED #308 Gentleman Horn Stem Pocket Pipe – This blasted Horn shape Pocket Pipe also has a horn stem. Another interesting collector.
#307 Sport Bullmoose – A Bullmoose is a squat Rhodesian with a very heavy 1/4 bent stem, according to Bill Burney’s Pipe Shapes Chart. This is a great example with a hefty presence in the palm.
#306 Paul Viou St Claude France Horn Stem ‘Feather’ – The shape name, ‘Feather’ comes from the French ‘Plume’ which is how the current owner of the Paul Viou name describes it – I like it. This is a unique shape while being compact still has a full presence in the palm. A unique addition to anyone’s collection.
COMMISSIONED #305 EWA Trophee 909 St. Claude Bent Acrylic Billiard
#304 C.A.V. St Claude Canadian – French made.
#303 Silver Match Safari St Claude France Billiard – Another acquisition from the French eBay Lot of 50 – a nice sized classic Billiard.
COMMISSIONED #302 Cutty Tavern Pipe – This is a very cool and collectible pipe which could be categorized as a Churchwarden, but I’m calling it a Tavern Pipe. The Cutty shape is one of the oldest modeled after the predominant clay pipe of the 1800s. The length is 9 inches and will provide a milder smoking experience.
#301 Crown Gold Plated Band Giant Bent Acrylic Billiard – This Billiard is a Goliath with a length of 6 inches and a huge bowl with a height of 2 1/2 inches – plenty of packing space for your favorite blend. The acrylic stem is eye catching and a gold plated stamped band completes the classy ensemble.
COMMISSIONED #300 EPC Majestic Petite Bent Horn Stem Billiard – This is a very collectible pipe which I acquired from France Lot of 50 which contained a number of Horn stems – this one is very nice. This Petite Bent Billiard is French made.
#299 Bull’s Head Bent Sculpted – He’s missing his horns, but I have plans to take care of that! I think he’s got character.
#298 ‘Spotted’ Bent Billiard Military Mount – An interesting texture that isn’t briar but a technique that emulates carbon fiber. It’s a fabric/resin that wraps the briar.
COMMISSIONED #297 Silver Match Toronto 115 Squat Lumberman – This shape is interesting as ‘Squat’ size. A large bowl but almost pocket sized.
#296 Beldor Studio Pencil Stem Panel Apple – this pipe could possibly be categorized as a small Churchwarden with the length at 7 1/2 inches and the bowl height and 1 1/8 inches.
#294 Butz Choquin Regate 1601 St Claude France Billiard
#293 Jeantet Saddle Stem Rustified Billiard – A French made pipe of St. Claude.
#270 Sasieni The Kensington 296B Made In London England Canadian Shape – This very collectable Canadian comes from the Sasieni family of pipes.
#241 Stanwell Hand Made In Denmark 56 Canadian Shape – Stanwell is the name of pipes coming from Denmark. This Canadian shape number 56 is a good one to add to one’s collection.
#245 Kaywoodie Super Grain 76 Oval Bowl 9 or 6?
COMMISSIONED #250 Kaywoodie Prime Grain Imported Briar ‘Fancy’ Bulldog Shape
#252 Royal Danish # 901 MADE IN DENMARK Freehand
#253 Pipstar Standard 06 026 Dublin Sitter
COMMISSIONED #254 Comoy’s MADE IN LONDON ENGLAND 4097 H Bent Bulldog Shape
#256 Mastercraft Imported Briar Bulldog Shape
#257 Whitehall Gulf Stream Imported Briar Rustified Dublin Shape
#259 Italy Billiard Slightly Bent Saddle Stem – This is a very nice pipe with nice grain.
#260 Lorenzo Matera Pipe Studio 807 Italy
#263 Dr. Grabow Color Duke Blasted Apple Shape
#264 Dr. Grabow Grand Duke Imported Briar Italy Apple Shape
#265 WDC Milano Genuine Briar De Resino Processed 18 Lovat Shape
#266 Longchamp France Leather Wrapped Billiard Shape
#267 Kiko 543 Made in Tanganyika Leather Wrapped Saddle Stem Billiard Shape
#268 McMillan Sports Made in England 60S Billiard Shape – Remember, you have to dream a bit!
#271 Dr. Grabow Sculptura Blasted Bulldog Shape
#272 Carey Magic Inch Pat No 3267941 Apple Shape
#279 Kirsten PATS & PATS PEND MADE IN U.S.A. – S
#275 Yello-Bole Filter Brush Panel Shape
#276 Rossi Fratelli Century Old Briar Italy Billiard Shape
#280 Yello-Bole Cured With Real Honey Imperial Bent Billiard Shape
#278 Ropp Cherrywood Made in France
#281 Dr. Grabow Savoy Imported Briar Apple Shape
#282 Kaywoodie Standard 17 Small Dublin Shape
#283 Medico Imported Briar Horn Stem Apple Shape
COMMISSIONED #284 Native American Hand Carved Italy – An interesting collectable
#287 Nelson Quarter Bent Billiard – London England
#290 Savinelli Oscar Aged Briar 102 Italy – A classic Billiard shape bearing the well-known Italian name.
#262 Lorenzo Savona #750 Made in Italy – This Lorenzo has a rustified Chimney shape and an oval shank with a very mild bend.
#247 La Strada Staccato 187 Italy – This slightly bent Billiard has a leather-like surface with the sculpted trim.
COMMISSIONED #246 Aristocrat London Made – Made in England 1077 – A classic English, Bent Billiard that offers the tactile enjoyment of a rustified briar surface.
#243 SAVORY’S Argyll MADE IN LONDON ENGLAND 95 – This is a full sized straight Billiard that has a very adequate bowl and I like the classic tapered lines from the stem to shank.
#166 Vauen 6294 EX Billiard Saddle – Another stout pipe with a large, deep bowl and a classy shank divider and a P-Lip saddle stem.
#259 Slightly Bent Billiard Oval Stem Italy – A very nice pipe with only the designation of ‘Italy’.
#150 Slightly Bent Oval Billiard – I found this attractive unbranded pipe in Athens, Greece. It has a very nice look and feel and I added it to my collection.
#146 Oldo Bruyere P-Lip – Another nicely sized Billiard with a P-Lip stem.
COMMISSIONED #145 Lindbergh Select 324 – This is a very nice classic Poker shape with a volcano shaping of the bowl.
COMMISSIONED – #102 Stanwell Henley Special Made in Denmark – This is a sharp, large bowled Billiard with a stylish oval shank. The Henley line of Stanwell ranges back to the mid 1900s.
#103 Stanwell Henley Special Made in Denmark – A classic blasted Billiard that sports a very large bowl at 2 1/4 inches tall and 1 3/8 inches wide. It has a very nice feel in the palm. Along with the other Stanwell Henley Specials, these pipes have some years.
#96 Vuillard Concorde 3 S St Claude – This French made Chubby Billiard has a large bowl and saddle stem.
COMMISSIONED #62 GBD New Era – A Pot shape with a long shank, saddle stem.
#39 Unbranded Italy Sculpted Billiard: With a slightly bent stem and elongated shank, this is a nice pipe with artistic flare.
#208 Abbott London Made 715 ‘Pocket Pipe’, Apple shape: Length: 4 3/4 inches, Bowl height: 1 1/2 inches; Bowl width 1 1/4 inches
#215 Amphora Genuine Briar AM Holland – Sterling Silver Band, Billiard shape: Length: 5 7/16 inches, Bowl height: 1 3/4 inches, Bowl width: 1 3/8 inches
#207 The Pipe – Apple shape: Length 5 1/4 inches, Bowl height 1 3/4 inches, Bowl width 1 1/4 inches
#220 The Pipe, Blue Bulldog shape: Length: 5 5/8 inches, Bowl height: 1 3/4 inches, Bowl width 1 1/2 inches
#216 St. Regis DeLuxe Made in England 485, Apple shape: Length: 5 1/2 inches, Bowl height: 1 5/8 inches, Bowl width: 1 1/2 inches
#219 Mastercraft Imported Briar Italy, Banded Pot shape: Length: 5 7/8 inches, Bowl height: 1 3/8, Bowl width: 1 3/8 inches
#205 Cordan Bleu Imported Briar, Diamond Shank Bent Billiard shape: Length: 5 1/8 inches, Bowl height: 1 7/8 inches, Bowl width: 1 1/2 inches
#214 Kaywoodie Standard Imported Briar 98B, Bulldog shape: Length: 5 5/8 inches, Bowl height: 1 5/8 inches, Bowl width: 1 3/4 inches
#230 Peterson’s “Kildare” Made in the Republic of Ireland 83, Apple shape: Length: 5 3/4 inches, Bowl height: 1 1/2 inches, Bowl width: 1 5/8
COMMISSIONED #229 Savinelli Punto Oro 510ks Italy, Rustified Bulldog shape: Length: 5 7/8, Bowl height: 1 7/8, Bowl width: 1 3/4
#228 Heritage, Blasted Apple: Length: 5 3/8 inches, Bowl depth: 1 5/8 inches, Bowl width: 1 1/2 inches
#223 York Minster Billiard shape: Lenth: 6 inches, Bowl height: 1 7/8 inches, Bowl width: 1 5/16 inches
COMMISSIONED #227 Ben Wade Hand Model LONDON MADE, Blasted: Length: 6 1/4 inches, Bowl height: 2 inches, Bowl width: 1 1/2 inches
#226 Pipe Pub Imported Briar, Zulu shape: Length: 5 5/8 inches, Bowl height: 2 inches, Bowl width: 1 3/8 inches
#225 Dr. Grabow Riviera, Saddle Stem Billiard shape: Length: 5 1/8 inches, Bowl height: 1 3/4 inches, Bowl width: 1 1/8 inches
#224 The Lumberman, Canadian shape: Length: 6 inches, Bowl height: 1 3/4 inches, Bowl width: 1 1/4 inches – Remember! See the potential! This Canadian has some challenges but worth the effort!
#203 Signature Imported Briar – Michael Mulcahy, Apple shape
COMMISSIONED #201 Mastersen Burl Briar Made in France Freehand
#200 GBD Sable’e Standard France, Blasted Bent Billiard shape
#199 Butz Choquin Regate St.Claude France 1275, Slightly Bent Billiard
#198 Sculpted Bent Billiard Imported Briar
#195 Butz Choquin Regate St. Claude France 1693, Bulldog shape
#197 Kaywoodie Carburetor 86B US Pat. 2082186, Large Apple shape
#192 Made in England 950, Bent Billiard shape
#191 D&P Woodsman Genuine Briar, Lovat shape
#190 Country Club London Made – London England, Lovat shape
#188 Edward’s Algerian Briar, Sculpted Square Panel shape
#187 Fiammata 2 – 611KS Italy, Half Bent Billiard shape
#186 Sculpted Calabash shape – Imported Briar