American Estates: Michael Butera Royal Classic Poker (00B) (1) (1990)

Product Number: 004-009-9398

If you needed an example of the older style of American artisanal pipemaking, it would be hard to pick a better one than Butera. Mike's creations enjoy a keen interest from collectors still, which is both a good and a bad thing. It's good because his work deserves it; it's bad because between collector demand and now much-decreased production, Butera pipes are harder than ever to find out on the market.

This particular example is one of Mike's leaner shapes, falling a little closer to the English classical style than his heavily Castello-influenced pieces; the visual weight of the bowl, for instance, is much more modest than in the Cantu workshop's rendition of the shape. It's also excellent when it comes to grain; among the few dozen Butera pipes we've seen over the years, most have been either rusticated or sandblasted, making smooth, flame grain covered pieces like this Poker even rarer beauties.

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details

STAMPING:
90
BUTERA
ROYAL CLASSIC
M Butera (in script)
00B
1 (inside circle)

Condition:
4.7/5 Minor rim darkening, plus light scratches around the bowl.
  • Length: 6.94 in./176.28 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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