I picked up this Braircraft Sterling Hall off EBAY .
For some odd reason it was listed under religious medals category instead of pipes ,so it flew under the radar of the pipe bidders. I was lucky enough to see it and win it on opening low bid. I had been looking for a nice Braircraft pipe as its one of the few early-mid 20th century American pipe brands i did not have.
From my quick research on the pipe i can not find any ads for the Sterling Hall model prior to early 40’s , so i think its a 1940’s pipe . Briarcraft made pipes for 30 years . They lasted from 1920-1950. Some pipe smokers consider them one of the best smoking American made pipes of their time. Especially the Briarcraft Smokemaster models.
Here is a 1946 Sterling Hall ad.
Around 1967 Dr. Grabow acquired the name and system rights to the Smokemaster line, and was produced until the mid 1990’s. Dr. Grabow made three series. The 100, 200, and 300.
I have a online friend who owns several hundred pipes and many high end factory type , from Dunhill’s to Charatan’s . He swears the Briarcraft’s he owns put them all to shame for smokeablity.
All i did was polish up the sterling band and clean some oxidation off the stinger/cleaner. I gave the pipe a polish with a micro fiber cloth as well. I’m not sure if the pipe is unsmoked or not. I can not detect any smell of smoked tobacco in the bowl . I could not see any signs on the stinger and inside the shank or stem. The inner bowl has a dark color but i think it might some type of bowl coating instead from being smoked but I’m not sure . I’m calling the pipe mint in the box instead of NOS pipe.
The pipe is a little pocket model measuring in at 4.5 inches long and a 1.5 inch tall bowl. The drilling is dead perfect on it too i might add.
Aged Imported Briar on bottom of shank.
Sterling Hall over Briarcraft with B in diamond on left shank. Sterling on band with no silver makers mark .
Shape number 10 on right side of shank.
Well if the pipe was unsmoked it most certainly will not be for long. I plan on breaking it in with some of my vintage Edgeworth Ready Rubbed.
Well i better get to work on it …til next time ,
Good smokes to you .