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  1. lightmybriar

    New Mac Baren HH Tobacco Coming (2020)

    Hello fellows! Per Georg Jensen posted a video to Instagram yesterday in which he stated there is a new tobacco coming to the HH line. He intentionally left the sound off of the video so as to keep things secret. I have no inside information or hints as to what it could be, but just thought...
  2. lightmybriar

    History On The Peterson XL315

    I’ve been wanting a distinctly Peterson pipe for a long time, so I knew I wanted a System pipe, and I finally decided on getting their Calabash-ish XL315. Smokingpipes had this estate with fantastic grain and a fine price, so it’s on its way to me! Being a mostly Dunhill guy, I love to know as...
  3. lightmybriar

    Samuel Gawith St. James Flake Review

    As can be seen in the above photo, my supply of St. James Flake has a fair amount of age on it (5+ years?). This tobacco is a good amount lighter in color when fresh, and darkens considerably with time. As the color changes, the taste sweetens and deepens. The tin note is deep, sweet, and very...
  4. lightmybriar

    A Tanshell Time Capsule

    Greeting and well-wishes, all. I have recently acquired an unsmoked Dunhill Tanshell, made in 1964. This is the oldest unsmoked Dunhill I’ve seen in person. What really interested me was the color of the pipe. I always thought that Tanshells started off fairly light in color, and slowly...
  5. lightmybriar

    FS: Dunhill Tanshells 1964 & 1970 [09.19.2019]

    Hello friends, Here are two nice Tanshells for sale, both cleaned and ready to smoke. 1964 Shape 33, Liverpool, Group 2 Asking $200 1970 Shape 53, bent billiard, Group 3 Asking $225 Thanks for looking!
  6. lightmybriar

    LC-Based MarTelo Pipe

    Hello friends! :puffpipe: A fellow Dunhill collector friend of mine and myself commissioned a pair of LC-inspired pipes to be made for us by Gustavo Cunha. They just got finished and will be shipping out to us tomorrow. If any of you haven’t checked out Gustavo’s work before, do yourself a...
  7. lightmybriar

    FS: Some Aged Unicorn Tobaccos (07.24.2019)

    More for the chopping block! Again, USA only, please. Rectangular tins do not shake, and are perfectly sealed as far as I can tell. The P&C is in a vacuum sealed bag. If you buy one item, shipping is $5 added to price. If you buy two, I’ll cover shipping. Thank you! Frog Cellar: $85 Trout...
  8. lightmybriar

    FS: Dunhill Patent Shells and A Few Others (07.24.2019)

    Kind greetings, friends! I’m thinning out the collection a bit. Here are a few super neat / uncommon Dunhills. I have more, but can only post six a week, so here is this round! PM me to discuss details of each pipe. We can exchange emails there as well, for ease of extra pictures, etc. USA...
  9. lightmybriar

    A Beautiful Comoy Royal (Pre-War?)

    Happy Sunday, friends! I was very kindly gifted this Comoy by a friend and fellow Dunhill collector. I had mentioned that I don’t own a Comoy and knew very little about them. This pipe turned up in my mailbox, as his way of introducing me to the brand. Quite an introduction! As I now have lots...
  10. lightmybriar

    Baking Soda Ghostbuster?

    It seems obvious, as it is an odor eater, but it seems that no one has tried it before, or if they have, they haven’t discussed it... So... Anyone tried using baking soda or a baking soda / alcohol treatment to freshen up an old estate bowl? I’m about to do so. I’ll report back. I hope I’m not...
  11. lightmybriar

    221B Duke Street; Factory Shank Repair?

    Hello friends! I’ve noticed that a few of my Patent-era Shell Briars have very well-done (to my untrained eye, at least) shank repairs. The line is perfectly straight for the entire circumference of the shank, and it seems that perhaps even the grain of the briar might be different on each...
  12. lightmybriar

    Horological Adventure

    Happy end of the week, all. This Monday, I will be attending AWCI’s week-long 21st Century Watchmaking Standards class. It is my first official step towards what I hope will be a path ending in becoming a professional watchmaker / watch repair person. Are there any professional horologists...
  13. lightmybriar

    A Root Briar Tanshell? Neat!

    Hello, all! I just won this pipe. It caught my eye because it’s stamped “Root Briar,” but it’s sandblasted and has the T for Tanshell stamped after the group number. Too much to drink before showing up for work that day? Has anybody ever seen a sandblasted Root Briar before?
  14. lightmybriar

    Is A Resurrection Possible?

    Happy Sunday, fellow pipists! :puffpipe: I picked up this once-beautiful-but-currently-quite-sad Dunhill from 1955(?). The crack in the bowl was not noticeable when I bought it, but since I didn’t pay all that much for it, I don’t mind. My only question is, am I being silly for wondering if...
  15. lightmybriar

    I'd Rather Not Be A Pest

    Greetings friends! I have encountered a strange dilemma and I'd like advice from you all on what I ought to do. This past week, I received a tin in the mail from an online retailer that will for now remain anonymous. When I opened my box, even though the tin was packaged safe and sound, I could...
  16. lightmybriar

    Which Root Briar Should I Keep?

    Happy weekend, all! Being in need of a little extra money, I've decided to part with one of two of my Root Briars. I'm having great difficulty because they are a perfectly complimentary set. One is tapered, one is a saddle bit. One has straight grain, the other is covered in birdseye. One has a...
  17. lightmybriar

    In Search of Vinegar and Tang

    Greetings, all. Due to the small size of my McClelland supply, I am wanting to save what I have left for special occasions. Thus, I am in search of any Virginias out there that have even a small bit of what many term the "vinegar" or "ketchup" quality to them. I have tried and enjoy many types...
  18. lightmybriar

    A First Year Tanshell

    I just finished cleaning up this 1952 Tanshell 56. Very pleased! I really like how similar in shape to an LC it is. I also think it's cool that it's from the first year Tanshells were made. This one's a keeper!
  19. lightmybriar

    Memories of My Father

    My pipe lineage begins with my father. It was his love of Sherlock Holmes (and his desire to charismatically present a facet of himself as a cultured gentleman) that led him into the world of briar and leaf. Not giving himself fully over to the activity as many of us have, the pinnacle of a...
  20. lightmybriar

    Dunhill Buttons: Wasp-Waists To Devil Horns; Let's Obsess!

    Rebounding off of George's post, I thought it might be of interest to compile some information not usually catalogued by the average piper. For example, Dunhill Fishtails. George's '49 LB demonstrated very nicely what he calls a "Wasp-Waist." He mentioned that the examples of such a bit that...