- Aug 23, 2013
It's always nice when you find out that you have bought a pipe on ebay from another forum member. Peter (fluffie666) contacted me after the auction ended. Barling Special 3386, a Flat Prince shape, with grain that caused it to be graded a Special, and a "natural" finish. A post-transition pipe, so 1960's. Chamber was a little out of round, with some gouging from careless reaming, but that could be dealt with. A nice example of a Barling from the period. The shape 38 is shown in the '62 catalog, available in sizes 1-4. Pipe was an easy clean up, the chamber was sound, I just sanded out some of the knife marks on the inner rim. No stain, no topping, just thorough polishing of the stem and stummel by hand.