The '53' shape is one of a number of Stanwell shapes that, in the US market, are made just for Smokingpipes.com. Some time ago, despondent that so many great Stanwell shapes weren't available on this side of the pond, we worked out a way to get some of the shapes that we had been missing, plus some new shapes that hadn't ever been available in the US. This lovely saddle-bit Billiard variation is a great example of that. I'm not sure who designed this shape for Stanwell, but I find it reminiscent of Jess Chonowitsch's Billiards, with the proportions of the bowl slightly weighted towards the bottom. The rich orange stain of the Legend series highlights the grain very nicely.
- Sykes Wilford