The seller involved clearly states he refurbishes the pipes to like new or similar language. Some hyperbole? Perhaps, but he is very, very good at it. If you look at his listing over a few weeks you will see he uses basically the same descriptive language over and over. Some hyperbole? Probably. I got news for some of you. The trust your attorney drew up for you isn't original either. So if you don't want a pipe that has been refurbished to a nice state go buy elsewhere. Am I wrong or isn't the pipe in question around 90 years old? I doubt too many people were buying pipes like this to display rather than smoke. Lightly used should obviously be given some context, remembering the recurring, boilerplate descriptions of all the pipes. I recently had a multi-pipe transaction with this seller that he completed to my advantage which was totally unexpected and unasked for. I find him very trustworthy. If you are going to buy old classics like this you should know know a lot more about the brand and the era than I care to know. Sable knows and buys these types of pipes and has learned to buy them "as is". That is very good advise.I will continue to consider pipes Chance offers for purchase. Hopefully this doesn't develop as a "get Moty" type thread of times past. End of lecture. Time for some Mixture 79 in a cob!