Custombilt Partially Rusticated Apple, Estate Briar Pipe [SOLD OUT]


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Custom-Bilt (later, as in this case, Custombilt) pipes were originally created in the early 20th century by Tracy Mincer, an American pipe-maker. Later adopting the slogan, ‘As Individual as a Thumbprint,’ Custom-Bilts were each rusticated by hand, giving them their signature rugged look, and ensuring that no two Custom-Bilts were exactly alike. Today, these pipes are prized by collectors, pipe history enthusiasts, and those who generally appreciate a well-made smoking machine.

This Custombilt is a nice example of a straight, saddle stem apple, though one could also make the case that it is a lovat of sorts. Judging by the nomenclature, I’d estimate it was produced between 1946 and 1953, when the brand’s founder, Tracy Mincer, was in a business partnership with Eugene Rich. For a pipe that’s at least 70 years old, it’s in fantastic shape. The vulcanite stem is free from bite marks, the bowl’s finish still shines, and even the rim has kept its luster, albeit with some very minor darkening. This one should be good to go for many more decades.


Length: 5.3″

Bowl Width: 20.0mm

Bowl Depth: 1.5″

Weight: 1.6oz / 48g

Additional information

Weight 15 oz
Condition Used


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