I recently picked up a Castello Sea Rock Hawkbill off of Briar Blues figured I better before the site is lost to the ages based on the fact I've heard nothing but good things about Castellos. Anglesey, i say go for it! The next photos try to capture the stamping around the sides of the shank. A one-of-a-kind work of art. Fnord Thanks everyone for the advice and words of wisdom, i appreciate it. The rest of the bowl looked dirty but the photos give an idea of what Jeff saw before his cleanup revealed the condition of the pipe.
The photos below show the bowl after the waxing and polishing. The stem was in good shape though it had tooth marks on the top and bottom sides next to the button. The number added to 1947 gives the year of pipe creation. This Reg No has nothing to do with shape numbers, but is merely the Castello company trademark… Shape numbers. The fact that both have proved to be so successful is partly due to the outstanding craftsmanship of both marques, and to the superb reputation the Italian handmade pipes have developed in this country since the first ones appeared in 1953. I've also seen a couple of pipes with both the white bar and the rhinestone.
I will surely be returning soon. While I was cleaning the interior of the grime I found what I had surmised was under the band. I buffed the stem with Blue Diamond and then gave the stem several coats of carnauba wax. Even though it was past closing time I received probably the best service I have ever had going into a business. Castello's to me are the best factory pipe on the market. So it seems I have a tentative answer regarding the stamping.
I cleaned out the shank with alcohol, pipe cleaners and cotton swabs to remove the tars and oils that kept the stem from properly seating against the end of the tenon. Thanks for walking through the restoration with me. There is never a shortage of them floating around. There was still a bowl of tobacco unlit in the depths of the bowl. There were also tooth marks on the topside and underside of the stem near the button.
Smooth finishes are available in many different colors, as are the rusticated 'Sea Rock' and sandblasted finishes. The cake was quite uneven but was thick around the top of the bowl. The four photos below show the state of the pipe when it arrived. Castello Grading: Sea Rock, Old Antiquari and Vergin - the K's and G's refer to the size. He scrubbed the internals of the bowl, shank and stem with alcohol, cotton swabs and pipe cleaners. It was a bit dull and some lava still in the deep crevices that I would need to deal with but nothing in comparison to what it looked like when Jeff got it.
I used micromesh sanding pads to polish the newly sanded areas on the Lucite stem surface. Pipe looks amazing and i have done plenty of research to know what these things go for brand new. Rail Man, I have three Castello Sea Rocks, and they had the same issue you described tough draws. The Secondhand Smoker sells on commission, he won't budge on that price. It was also during this period that new shapes and carving styles emerged from within both marques.
Castello pipes would take Carlo Scotti from a tiny artisan studio and anonymity, to a state of the art production facility and the peak of the pipe world. You must be 18 years of age or legal age in your City, State, or Country to purchase tobacco products or older to make any selections on this website. It is occasionally used now. This unique pipe was from Italy. It means working only and exclusively the best briar, that is, extra-extra. They would telephone tobacco shops all over the United States in order to obtain one or more of these elusive pipes. Peretti, 2019 No images or information on this web site may be reproduced in any fashion without the express written consent of L.
You are correct in remembering that I am fond of this shape. But that is from a consumerrs point of view. It'll either accelerate in value or auger in doing a spin, crash and burn. I was not sure what I would see when I removed it from the bag. I set the bowl aside and worked on the stem.
I turned first to the Pipephil site because of the general quick summary of information I get there. The rim top will take some work to take care of the damage. The K's and G's refer to the grain quality and have nothing to do with the size. He took the following photos of the pipe before he worked his magic on them. He also said he would check with some others. When I got it home and looked at the assortment I was surprised to see that it was indeed a Castello Sea Rock. It's a large-bowled, full bent pipe with an egg shaped bowl and a push-mounted stem.
The dark and coral like rustication around the bowl and shank is quite remarkable and gives the pipe an incredible tactile presence. The fit of the stem against the shank was off — it looked as if the mortise was filled with oils and had pushed the stem out. The majority of the information was what was already quoted above in abbreviated form. It is followed by Reg. In the late 1960's and early 1970's the company began the use of the K grading.