About Estate Pipes
The delicacy of artisanship and pure attention to detail is what often draws the tobacciana collector to fine old estate pipes. These pre-owned pipes are often a chance for collectors to find a valuable antique or rarity when purchased in lots. They are also an inexpensive way for pipe smokers to try out a number of shapes and linings to see which work best with their preferred blend. Some are just beautiful showpieces for display in a collection. New pipes are not cheap, and buying an estate pipe, whether smoked or unsmoked, can save both the collector and pipe smoker a significant amount of money. Estate pipes can be graded by noting a few characteristics. When shopping for an estate Parker pipe, look for any nicks or dings. See if the stem has been scorched or if the stem has ever been replaced. Any damage to decorative accents affects the value, even if they do not affect the pipe's function. You can expect some staining in the bowl, particularly with estate meerschaum pipes, but depending on other factors, such as the maker and age, this may not affect the pipe's value as a collectible, even if it affects the pipe's smokability. You can find a vast inventory of estate pipes on eBay in a variety of bowl shapes and materials.