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Kurt Balleby Smooth Nautilus (Top Grade) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-001-5501

Though this pipe has no stampings besides "BALLEBY", it represents the top tier of his work, which can reach prices over $4,000. As his site notes, he's making less pipes in recent years than he did previously, but it's because he's taking more time for complex pieces with excellent grain and form. This Nautilus is a different take on the theme, one for which Bo Nordh was known for, but the shape was also made in France in the early 20th century. Kurt Balleby takes a similar approach that other carvers have done by making the tenon slightly tapered military-mount-style while inserting a silver ring into the briar to prevent it from splitting. This detail is also very attractive. The sides of the shank continue the crisp edge running along the bowl and form opposing concaved areas flanking the piece.

-Adam Davidson





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Nomenclature & Condition


Condition: 4.9/5 Unsmoked, but there are a few tiny dings on the pipe: back of the bowl and just under the ring on the shank.

Measurements & Other Details
 Length: 5.64 in./143.26 mm. Weight: 2.60 oz./73.71 g.
 Bowl Height: 2.09 in./53.09 mm. Chamber Depth: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
 Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm. Outside Diameter: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
 Stem Material: Vulcanite Filter: None
 Shape: Freehand Finish: Smooth
 Material: Briar Country: Denmark
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