A very high grade Charatan’s pipe from the “Lane era” (1960-76), the period of the brightest blossoming of this brand, delightful shapes and grains which eclipsed all others pipe makers including Dunhill. Every Charatan’s admirer knows the highest grade was the “Supreme”. Another one of the highest grades, “Selected” level was the second from the top. In fact, it’s difficult to explain at times why the certain work of art was graded only as “Selected”: in both cases the pipes were made of a very high quality briar, had clear attractive grain and very stylish shapes created by leading carvers from Charatan’s.
The pipe marking is “(L)”, “CHARATAN’S MAKE \ LONDON. ENGLAND \ SELECTED”, “FH”. The length is 14.8 cm (5.83″), bowl’s height is 5.3 cm (2.09″). External diameter of the bowl is 4.6 cm (1.81″), internal diameter is 2.5 cm (0.98″). The depth is 3.9 cm (1.54″) and this pipe weights 51 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter. The previous owner, good old gentleman cared the pipe perfectly, but sent it to us not really well packed, therefore we had to recover the tennon and armor it with a piece of an internal metallic tube, you hardly could note that.