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"The old pipe gives the sweetest smoke." - Irish Proverb


This beautiful briar pipe measures approximately 5-1/4" in length with a bowl diameter of 1-1/4" (outside) and 3/4" (inside). The pipe is marked "Wally Frank Ltd." and "Made in England" on one side along with an "18". On the other side of the pipe are the words "British Irregular."

Wally Frank was a bright businessman who operated a chain of tobacco stores in New York City. He would often purchase overstock or seconds from manufacturers and then sell them in his stores and catalogs. An ad from one of Frank's 1957 catalogs reads, "During the course of manufacturing our finest pipes in England, a slight surface flaw sometimes becomes apparent. These pipes are set aside and classed as "seconds" or "irregulars," as they say in London. These slight defects are only skin deep and we guarantee that they will not impair the marvelous nut-sweet smoking qualities of the age-old briar. We pass along these slight "seconds" of our fine English made pipes to you at a "BIG VALUE PRICE."

Based on the above, we searched this pipe for the flaw that classified it as "irregular." We believe it is a very small chip on the outside of the bowl that we took for normal wear as we could find no other defects.


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Antique Briar Estate Pipe - Made in England


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: wood, rubber
  • Only ships within United States.
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