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Rare, uncommon, or scarce?

I am sure you've all seen pipes offered for sale as "rare" or "uncommon", or "scarce".  I have tried to avoid using these terms, although uncommon feels sort of comfortable to me. Well this beauty is indeed one that should be considered rare.  One 1935 - 1945 vintage Sasieni " Crewe".  What is the Crewe shape you ask?  An oval bowl, vest pocket, or opera pipe.  You choose what you call these little special pipes.  

Over the past near 20 years operating Briar Blues we have seen and had run through our grubby fingers some pretty amazing pipes, by famous carvers.  Sixten, Lars, Jess, Nanna,  Bo,  Bjorn of Sweden, and more.   We have had more than a few of each.  The only carver that has never appeared here is a Jorn Micke.  

We have had countless patent era Dunhill's and Sasieni's.  Pre Trans Barlings.  High graded Charatan's.  Blue Ribands, Straight Grains, Fiamatta's, etc. 

This is the first and only Crewe that has ever arrived.  In my 40 + years as a pipe enjoyer / collector this is the ONLY one I have ever seen in hand.  I have never seen one in print either. 

So I now have my first rare pipe. 

It will be offered on the next update, as soon as I can fathom a price. 

Regards

Mike