English Estates: Barling's Make Fossil (EXEL) (T.V.F) (Pre-Transition) (Replacement Stem)

Product Number: 004-002-7938

What makes a pre-transition Barling so desirable? One of the biggest factors is simply what they were made of. Pre-transition, the Barling company would only look at Algerian briar that pushed the century mark in age. Even with that as a starting point, 80% of what was presented was rejected by the venerable company. While a Barling can be, at times, harder to date than a King's daughter, this Billiard is definitely pre-trans, and sports some very nice grain on the left of the bowl. Sure, the tenon is a replacement, but how often do you get a chance to taste pre-transition Barling wood at this price?

--R. 'Bear' Graves

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Measurements & Other Details

BARLING'S {arched}
Fossil {in script}
T.V.F. {well buffed}

Condition: 3.85/5 Replacement stem, and the chamber has been slightly over-reamed.
  • Length: 5.74 in./145.80 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England