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England, 1950s

The stem shape, deep “wild” sandblasted finish and the nomenclature say undoubtedly it’s the family era Charatan’s make pipe from the 1950s. Sandblasting machines were installed at Charatan’s factory after WWII, in the early 1950s most probably. Since the full sandblasting technology was patented by Alfred Dunhill, Charatan’s like many other manufacturers practiced a two-steps approach: the pipes were first lightly rusticated and then sent to sandblasting.

The pipe marking is “CHARATAN’S MAKE \ LONDON. ENGLAND”, “91”. The length is 14.7 cm (5.79″), the bowl’s height is 5.2 cm (2.05″). External diameter of the bowl is 3.6 cm (1.42″), internal diameter is 2.2 cm (0.87″). The depth is 4.6 cm (1.81″) and this pipe weights 35 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter. The chamber has normal smoked wear with a light sign of webbing, but without any critical issues. A really good condition for the age!

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