Danish Estates: Emil Chonowitsch Smooth Brandy (52) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-32757

After 20 years running a tobacconist shop in Copenhagen, Emil Chonowitsch, then retired and longing to create something beautiful with his hands, was hired by Poul Rasmussen to do pipe repairs, kicking off a career that would last nearly the rest of his life. After Rasmussen's death, Emil started a workshop where he and his, now legendary, son Jess could craft pipes of their own make, gaining acclaim for his classically oriented Danish designs. Emil ceased making pipes in 1992, and later died in 1996, though his legacy lives on through his son and through his work, such as this straight Brandy. I'm quite impressed with the shaping on display here, as there's a defined separation between shank and bowl despite there being no separating features. The transition is actually quite wide, and, rather than encouraging separation, sees the shank slowly expand into the aft of the bowl. The low-lying nature of the shank itself is what sets it apart from the bowl, that and its ovoid shape, and these two combined features really emphasize the sleek shaping that the combination highlights, especially given the stem's saddle orientation. The bowl, in contrast, is actually quite robust, with a very low-set waistline that informs a sleek, arcing taper to the rim for a comfortable feel in hand. This bowl additionally takes on a slight forward cant as it rises upward, making for a dynamic look that places the bowl endlessly at the forefront, displaying its warm mahogany stain and beautifully defined flame grain in wonderful fashion.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

Chamber ReCoated Finish Discolored

  • Length: 4.86 in./123.44 mm.
  • Weight: 1.25 oz./35.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Brandy
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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