Castello SC55 Sea Rock Briar

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codecreatively

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Stoked to see we have an Italian sub forum!
Just arrived from an Italian seller, a Castello SC55 Sea Rock in a natural finish. It's an old one, missing the Carlo Scotti stamp. The only time I've seen Castellos without the stamp is on older pipes with a Reg No. Super clean, inside the shank was still the natural wood color, along the bottom of the bowl. I'd guess maybe 15 smokes through it. Smokes wonderfully, it's a keeper :puffpipe:




 

bigpond

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Nice grab! That classic rustication is great I've been on the lookout for a small 55 in Vergin finish for a while now.

 

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daveinlax

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There's often no rhyme or reason to Castello's nomenclature but I would suspect they just ran out of room on the shank. Anyway that is what a Sea Rock carving should look like. I wonder what the story with it is? This was a Wally Frank/Hallco US import back in Italy. It looks to fresh to be from the 60's 8O

 

codecreatively

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Thanks gents. It has the old style font, I have a stacked billiard with the same font, Reg No., and no Carlo Scotti stamp. Must be the way they did it in the earlier days.
I agree Dave, it looks like it was smoked a handful of times and put away. Usually there is a bunch of gunk in the shank of pipes this old, but it was still virgin briar.
Bigpond, have any Beckers you'd want to trade for this? ;)

 

hakchuma

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I think stuff n things made a YouTube video about eBay and that particular pipe being over priced.

 

codecreatively

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Well, it's a good thing some people think they're overpriced, otherwise they'd really go for some really crazy money.

 

bigpond

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Code, Ha! I prefer a bit more chin...and really I'm looking for a group 1 or a really svelte group 2 55. Believe it or not, they do pop up sporadically. I might consider letting a Becker go for a chance at your Eltang though...dunno.

 

codecreatively

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I've seen the little Castellos pop up here and there, they're usually snapped up pretty quick. The Eltang ... you may as well ask for a kidney ;)

 

clickklick

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I'd never guess that was a 55. What the heck did we turn the shape into! If all 55s looked like this one I'd own one!

 

fnord

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Your pipe is gorgeous.
I've always been intrigued by those beautifully craggy Sea Rocks but they've always eluded me - price, timing or luck - I haven't scored one yet, but I will someday.
I hope your Castello becomes a favorite and if it smokes half as well as it looks, then you drew a belly buster inside straight, friend.
Well done.
Fnord

 
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