Long time pipe smokers all have those few pipes they wanted to purchase but for some reason they did not. In my 12+ years of smoking pipes, I have two that stand out in my memory. My first hugely regrettable non-pipe purchase was back in Spring of 2001. My brother, mother, and I were visiting London on spring break. I am a huge Dunhill fan so of course I had to visit their home store. I wasn't really in the pipe shopping since I already had a very nice Dunhill at home. Though on my second trip to the store I found in a display case a freehand ring grain shell Dunhill for 175pounds. Which at the time was about $270. An expensive pipe, but for the rarity of the type a very good price. At the time, I was going through a big fine pen kick and decided to purchase another Dunhill pen. Shortly after returning home I regretted that decision. It just ate at me that a bought a pen while very nice(I still have it today) was not nearly as unique as the pipe. Here is a picture of similar Dunhill shell freehand. The one I saw was smaller, the bottom of the bowl was a point, and the stem was bent. My second horrible non-pipe purchase was during my honeymoon in 2007. My wife & I were shopping in Venice, Italy. I found a quirky mens store that sold pipes, knives, and shaving stuff. The owner had a small but very respectable collection of nice pipes for sale. After talking to me for a few minutes he realized I knew my stuff about pipes so decided to pull out some of the high end pipes he still had for sale. He shows me a few really nice pipes, but saved the best for last. He pulls out a fine wooden box and open and pulls out a beautiful blond bent apple. The pipe was made by Mastro De Paja for what I can remember the anniversary of the completion of St. Peter's Basilica. The pipe itself was wonderful but the silverwork on the stummel was really made it an awesome pipe. A master silversmith had attached to the stummel a sterling silver replica of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. To give this pipe even more credit, my wife loved this pipe. My wife doesn't like the fact that I smoke and up to that point didn't understand that pipes could be a form of art just like a canvas or piece of clay. She said it would be okay for me to purchase the pipe even though it cost $350. I decide that was too much money since Venice was the last stop on our honeymoon & we already had spent most of our spending money. To this day I still regret not buying that pipe, especially since the wife gave me the nod to purchase it. Though I highly doubt she would have let me smoke it, I think she would have made me put on display in our china cabinet. Here is a picture of the pipe I found online. The photograph doesn't do it justice especially after you held it your own hands and see it with your own eyes. So feel free to share you sad stories of the pipe you didn't purchase or just missed out on.