Danish Estates: Jess Chonowitsch Sandblasted Pot with Bamboo

Product Number: 004-001-9036

Jess Chonwitsch's work is easily amongst the most sought-after around, regardless of time period or specific school of design. The man's simply a master artisan, and, unfortunately for collectors, one who just doesn't make a whole of pipes, and who went through a lengthy hiatus as well. Rarity alone more often than not leads simply to obscurity, but rarity plus sublime quality is the sort of combination legendary status is made of. While I can't say that I've ever seen many Jess Chonowitsch briars, even working here at Smokingpipes, I will note that this one is quite a bit different than those other examples that I have handled. They were by and large trim and light, pocket-pipe sized affairs, whereas this straight Pot, despite being of handy length, features a bowl that is unabashedly broad both inside and out. It also happens to be covered in fantastic ring grain as well, of course - no big surprise given the name it bears. No doubt this is quite a flavorful smoker, though fortunately its previous owner didn't enjoy it recklessly; there's a bit of rim darkening, along the inner edges, but otherwise a cornerstone of the Danish influence on the world of pipe design.

- Eric N. Squires

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STAMPING:
CHONOWITSCH
JESS DENMARK

Condition: 4.25/5 Inner rim darkening, the chamber was reamed to bare wood (with some chatter marks), The stem/shank junction has been slightly rounded from buffing separated, and there is a tiny tooth mark on the bottom of the button.
  • Length: 5.53 in./140.46 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.97 in./24.64 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Pot
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark

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