This is a pipe from Charatan’s second-highest grade, just below the highest grade known as “Supreme.” It appears that this pipe was made before 1960, as the shape number is situated alongside the nomenclature on the left side of the shank, similar to how it was done on pipes from the “family era.” It is a remarkably rare and visually striking example of the “cutty” shape, paying homage to the traditional English clay pipes and symbolizing the continuation of this heritage.
Pipe markings “CHARATAN’S MAKE \ LONDON. ENGLAND \ SELECTED”, “56”
Length 16.9 cm (6.65″)
Bowl Height 5.5 cm (2.16″)
Outside Diameter 2.9 cm (1.14″)
Chamber Diameter 1.6 cm (0.63″)
Chamber Depth 4.1 cm (1.61″)
Weight 25 gr.
Briar, vulcanite stem (carefully patched near the button – the trace is visible in good light), no filter.
The pipe was accurately smoked, it has been thoroughly cleaned, polished, sanitized and now is ready for a new life. There’s a very small gap between the stem and the shank, but everything sits properly and reliably.