The name is De Luxe for a reason. Stanwell is very selective when it come to this series of pipes. The brown polished De Luxe briars are chosen for having outstanding grain, which is complemented by a warm, golden-brown color.
What a wonderful pipe! Finish is flawless, glass smooth, beautiful. The finish as seen on my home monitor, work monitor, and smart phone are noticeably more red and flat than the real thing which has a true chestnut hue.
Thought I might've preferred a Peterson Shannon straight billiard, but was blown away when this one arrived and I had a chance to examine it. Terrific smoker as well, just exudes quality, love the stem. I don't envy those of you who can afford a rack full of Dunhills at $600 a pop; as I couldn't imagine a nicer pipe than this at any price. Very happy with the purchase and as always, P & C has service beyond reproach.