The Mill
Oct. 21, 2017;
  I'm extending you all an invitation to come and
stay at what I expect will soon be my new digs in
Vienna.  The place is the Schöenbrunn Palace and
since it has over 1440 rooms, you can all come at
once if that kind of timing works for you.
  I suppose I should explain.  It started about two
weeks ago, when a young woman I was talking
with at the gym (BTW, an excellent health practice
for heterosexual men is to talk to as many
attractive women as possible.  The benefits are
manifold, if not yet documented.  In fact, a good
topic for a PhD thesis would be to study the
impact on health of this activity; it's probably
much better for the heart, and head, than
pushups, or even organic vegetarian food...but I
digress) happened to mention Rosh Hoshonah or
Yom Kippur, I forget which.
I asked her if she was Jewish and she said 'yes'
and that somehow segued into the fact that she
had received the results of a DNA test her sister
bought for her and she is 98% Ashkenazi Jew.
In case you don't know, and why should you, that
only means that for as long as her ancestors were
able to dodge the various pogroms, they lived in
Eastern Europe, as opposed, to say, Spain or
Portugal (where they only had to dodge the
Inquisition and the plague to stay alive).  
 That made me think about my ancestors, a
proposition I never before gave much thought to.
It might be interesting to know more, I figured, so
I recently sent away for the DNA kit (it's called
their Neanderthal kit, if that suggests anything to
you).  I spit into the little plastic container and
sent it off to be analyzed.  
 My surmise is that the DNA analysis will reveal
that I am sole heir to the Hapsburg dynasty and
the rightful owner of Austria, including Vienna and
the Schöbrunn Palace, the ancestral seat of the
Hapsburgs, until they blew the deal in WWI.  
  I don't want the aggravation of owning and
having to rule either Austria or Vienna, although
the idea of some free Linzer Torte does appeal.
No, I'll simply take the palace so my friends and
family can come and visit and not need to book a
hotel.  For sure there will be enough room for my
pipes and pipe reconditioning tools, so no
concern there.  
 I'm not saying you should book your flight right
now, but I will keep you posted on news and
developments in this regard.  And please be aware
that transferring the palace from its status as a
UNESCO World Heritage Site to the Pulvers family
might take a little time and paperwork.  But when
that is completed, be confident that once again,
the palace's smoking lamp will be lit for you.  

P.S.  The most recent postings include some
Cherapanov pipes from Russia, on the Misc. page,
a "4 fer" bargain on the Specials page,
and some new Mastro Beraldi pipes on the Italian
page, plus an old, Registration number Castello.
Also, an American Calabash on
the U.S. page and a Former or three on the Danish.

P.P.S.  If you are planning on a trip to Las Vegas
to attend our annual pipe show, and need a
roommate, my friend David Gabriel, a very good
guy, needs to find a room for only Friday night.
Why pay for a full room if you can share
expenses?  I can put you in touch with him, or
vice versa if there is interest out there.
Our show is Nov. 4th & 5th, Sat. & Sunday.  We
have smoking on the showroom floor and a nice
lounge off that floor, always open, in which you
can smoke and sip and BS and thoroughly enjoy
yourself with other great pipe people.  
Did I mention it's at the Palace Station Hotel?

Pease Southlinch from 2002 NASPC show. $90
Friedman & Pease Winter's Tale.  $100
Balkan Sobranie Virginia # 10 50 grams. 4 tins.  
$250 each.  
New Tins arrived, including
Abingdon, and a bunch of
others from 2003 and starting @ $40 a tin.

More old, collectible tins from the 1990's:

McClelland Mixture #1 (2000?) 100 grams. $50
McClelland Virginia Woods. 1997. 100 grams. $50
Ashton 1997 Celebrated Sovereign 4 oz., $100
Esoterica Pembroke...2 oz., 56 grams. $80
Davidoff Royalty 50 grams. $30
Davidoff Danish 50 grams. $25
Dunhill Nightcap from Lane Ltd. 50 grams. $85
Dunhill Std. Mixture Mild from Lane 50 grams. $65
Butera Matured Ribbon 1996 & '97 50 grams. $50
Benjamin Hartwell Pvt. Reserve 50 grams from
Consolidated Cigar (thus from mid '90's) $30

For easy access to the address of other used
pipe dealers, please visit Estate Pipes Central.
The web site is:
Quotes & anecdotes from "The Portable Curmudgeon"

The to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral.
H.L. Mencken

When an opera star sings her head off, she usually improves
her appearance.                         Victor Borge

The place where optimism flourishes most is the lunatic
asylum.                                       Havelock Ellis

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.     Oscar Wilde

The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds & the
pessimist knows it.                                J. Robert Oppenheimer

A paranoid is a man who knows a little of what's going on.
William Burroughs

There may be some doubt as to who are the best people to have
charge of children, but there can be no doubt that parents are the
worst.                                                 G. B. Shaw

n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.
Ambrose Bierce

A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through
the nose of the gentleman.                Herbert Spencer

A friendship recognized by the police.    Robert Louis Stevenson

The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get
married.       Cyril Connolly

I got married the second time in the way that, when a murder is
committed, crackpots turn up at the police station to confess the
crime.                                 Delmore Schwartz

It is often pleasant to stone a martyr, no matter how mch we admire
him.                                     John Barth

There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an
opinion.                               Anatole France

Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to become as
mediocre as possible.                           Margaret Mead

The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics
and women are idiots.                          Rebecca West

When an opera star sings her head off, she usually improves her
appearance.                                            Victor Borge

If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment,
other people's opinions will rush in from all quarters.
George Bernard Shaw

The amount of noise which anyone can bear undisturbed stands in
inverse proportion to his mental capacity.
Arthur Schopenhauer

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend
in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.   G.B. Shaw

Assassins!      Arturo Toscanini to his orchestra.  

Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the
whole girl.                                                                       Stephen Leacock

Many a man has fallen love with a girl in a light so dim he would not
have chosen a suit by it.                                         Maurice Chevalier

Nature is a hanging judge.                            Anonymous

The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.
Peter DeVries

A mother-in-law dies only when another devil is needed in hell.
Francois Rabelais

Getting out of bed in the morning is an act of false confidence.
Jules Feiffer

On Marilyn Monroe: She was good at playing abstract confusion in the
same way a midget is good at being short.    Clive James

Morality is a disease which progresses in three stages:
virtue--boredom--syphilis.                                    Karl Kraus
This photo was taken only days before my beloved San Francisco
store, Sherlock's Haven,  was closed for good in June of '06, thereby
diminishing the quality of life on this planet no little and quite some.  
The man to my right was my trusty pipe tobacco and cigar taste-tester,
Johnson, of the sensitive palate.  He is now  plying his trade in
Phoenix.  The tall gent behind him is Jimmy Walker, hand picked to be
my successor until lease negotiations broke down.  The hoodlum
looking character to my left is my good friend and Consigliere, Steve
Brunner.  Among the regulars are a number who are still friends and
with whom I have regular intercourse.  There has never been a more
congenial spot than Sherlock's Haven, the Camelot of tobacco stores.  
As its proprietor is how I'd like to be remembered.
I wanted to caption this photo, "I knew more about pipes when I was
seven than you know now," but my P.R. firm nixed that idea.  So, let's
try, "With the pristine palate that accompanies youth, Marty smokes a
blend without a full complement of Latakia for the first time in his life."
I don't actually know what was going through my mind at the time, but
the photo was taken circa 1950, and probably in Williamsburg, Virginia.
(And no, I did not actually smoke a pipe until I was 18 years old, really.)
Shortly after my mother met my wife, she told Joy that all it took to
keep me happy in the back seat of our 1938 LaSalle during our annual
one week vacations was a pipe in my mouth and a cap on my head.  
Joy responded with the fact that nothing has changed except that now
I'm in the front seat.  
Above is my sister, with whom I contentiously shared that large back
seat, and my father.  The sweater was knitted by my Aunt Rae.  The
site was most probably Niagara Falls and the year 1949.  I'm guessing.
Welcome to Pulvers Briar
This website is devoted to pipes and my enjoyment of talking
about and showing them.  For your part, I hope you derive some
pleasure in seeing and reading about briar and meerschaum
There are plenty of pipe websites and lots of good pipes other
than mine.  What will distinguish my site from most of the others
is the willingness to voice my  opinion in the relatively rare
occurrence when a pipe is not superior, or has a noticeable flaw.
Mostly, I'm pleased with the pipes I choose to offer for sale, both
in pipe quality and price.  But please, look and decide for
You will see new and used pipes for sale, the new often having
been hand picked and the used always having been cleaned
and reconditioned and ready for you to smoke upon arrival.  
Please enjoy your time spent here today, and please come back
I'm almost always happy to hear from you and to field your
questions, concerns, ideas or other input.
Feel free to write.
Marty Pulvers
Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

(650) 965-7403