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Parker Royal Billiard - 1990s Production

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Parker Royal Billiard - Estimated 1990s


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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.

By the 1980s, it was routine to find Parkers with fills, and this Royal is no exception.  It's a classic billiard with no shape number.  The graining is nice, a mixed grain crosscut with birdseye on the right and a sunburst flame pattern on the left.  Stampings are solid, if a touch buffed, and the original stem doesn't have any toothmarks.  All that said, this is a smoker, not a collector piece; it'll be a great pipe for puttering around in the workshop or getting some yard work done.

Stampings read: PARKER (over) ROYAL, MADE IN LONDON (over) ENGLAND.  The stem is original, with the P logo quite faded but there.  


Length: 5.83"
Bowl width: 1.44"
Bowl Height: 1.83"
Chamber dimensions: .75" across, 1.57" deep
Weight: 44 grams



8 out of 10. Some issues, but this isn't a collector pipe priced at $300; it's a smoker priced under $40.  Rim has some moderate to severe darkening overall and both the inner and outer rim edges are slightly to moderately rounded.  The rim proper has a number of shallow dings across the surface, while the outer edge is peppered with small, pinprick dings.  The pipe has some small fills here and there but they are well hidden by the stain for the most part.  The bowl has a handful of small shallow dings and a couple handling marks; most of these are quite small but there is one good-sized one on the front right of the bowl.  The face of the stem - where it meets the shank - is slightly rounded from being buffed off the pipe.  Finally, the nomenclature - while all there and mainly deep - is a bit smeared from buffing.  All cleaned up and ready to pack and light.



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