So a few weeks back I picked up a straight billiard and a straight bulldog from an antique shop for $14 and $15. The billy was a no name, but on the bully I can almost read EMP (a sterling band had been retrofitted to the shank), but everything else shows it's an Emperor. They were both pretty nasty. I cleaned and gave the billy to a friend who had no pipe because he gave his to a friend, but I wanted the bully for myself. I started cleaning it up today with some salt and everclear, but got some on the finish, so I decided to strip the whole thing (dunked it in a plastic shot glass of everclear for about 45 minutes - also helped to dislodge stubborn nastiness from the chamber and mortise). Am I glad I did that. This pipe is sexy now! Flame grain on both flanks, sharp corners. Just need to mud a bit on the bottom of the chamber (or smoke a bit in it), but this thing is great. I present to you, the Emperor's Bulldog.