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Parker 1970s Root Bruyere Shape 42 Zulu - Unsmoked

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1970s Root Bruyere Shape 42 Classic Zulu - Unsmoked

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The Parker Pipe Company was formed by Dunhill in 1922 as a way to market and sell pieces that were not quite up to Dunhill quality levels.  Often considered Dunhill "seconds", the fact of the matter is that much of the additional work that went into Dunhills did not go into Parkers.  Certainly there might be pieces that did not qualify as Dunhills after the oil curing process or the sandblasting or what-not, but for the most part, Parkers were made from Dunhill wood that didn't qualify to be a Dunhill after the initial turning of the bowl.  Still, there is an uncanny similarity in the look and feel between a Parker and a Dunhill, and this is especially true of the pre-1950s patent pieces.

This particular Parker dates to the 1970s and is a Root Bruyere, which was (I think) a replacement to the Golden Parker.  The finish is the same as the Golden, but there ARE a couple small fills present (which I don't think I've seen on the Goldens.  The pipe is unsmoked, and has the original pre-carbonization along with the lathe turning marks inside the chamber.  There are a couple of small issues with the pipe (detailed below) but it still is an unsmoked 40 year old Parker that's ready to pack and light for the first time.  

Stampings read: 42, PARKER (over) ROOT (in an elongated diamond, over) BRUYERE, MADE IN LONDON (over) ENGLAND.  The stem is original, with the P logo weak; due to the fact that the button is a bit worn down, I would assume the stem was, at one point, heavily oxidized and someone buffed it a bit too agressively.  


Length: 5.96"
Bowl width: 1.24"
Bowl Height: 1.86"
Chamber dimensions: .71" across, 1.50" deep
Weight: 26 grams



9.25 out of 10. Unsmoked and ready to pack and light.  A few issues.  First, the stem has obviously been buffed due to the buffed-down button and the P logo being nearly gone.  Secondly there are a few very small, light handling marks scattered about.  Finally there are a few small chips out of the briar at the inner rim edge, located at the 6 o'clock position.  These appear to have been present during the manufacturing process, although I can't say that for certain.  Plus, a couple small fills (although no points off for this, just letting you know.)  I will say that it is obvious this pipe was from sometime in the late 1970s when production quality in general at Dunhill had gone downhill; you'd never have seen these obvious fills and the chips out of the rim edge coming out of the Parker factory in the 1960s or earlier.  Still, though, it's a 40 year old Parker that's never been lit, and that right there is worth the price of admission.

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