Danish Estates: Tom Eltang Smooth Oom Paul (Snail) (2002)
Product Number: 004-001-6608
"Wow!" is right. Prior to opening this update's batch of Danish estates, I would have bet the pink slip on my bike against one of your used pipe cleaners that Tom Eltang had never made an Oom-Paul, much less one which was a (frankly) staggering Snail grade. Yeah, I would have been walking to and from work, but the experience of seeing this marvel in person would have almost been worth it.
If there ever was a neoclassical interpretation which elevated a traditional form from simple/functional to a true example of three-dimensional art - this might well be it. The bowl features a (base) Egg shape which has been compressed to such an extent that aspects of a Shield begin to come into play. In turn, the side-to-side hoplon of the bowl is visually reinforced by the bold, front-to-back emphasis of the shank. Take a peek at how the angle of the half-saddle mirrors the rim of the bowl - while still maintaining a perfect complement of flow with the remainder of the stem. I want this one-of-a-kind Eltang Snail grade to such an extent, I'm half tempted to sell a kidney in order to obtain it. That speaks volumes (I usually try to sell one of Andrew's).
R. 'Bear' Graves
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Measurements & Other Details
4.85/5 Minor rim darkening.
- Length: 4.43 in./112.52 mm.
- Weight: 3.10 oz./87.88 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.65 in./67.31 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 2.16 in./54.86 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Oom Paul
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Denmark