Danish Estates: S. Bang Sandblasted Billiard (PH) (pre-1984) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-33385

Per Hansen and Ulf Noltensmeier were the sole artisans employed by Svend Bang in his eponymous workshop for almost 50 years, starting in 1970 and producing pipes of superlative quality until their simultaneous retirement in 2019. As such, their work has now become extremely rare and, due to their exemplary smoking qualities and stunning beauty, supremely collectible, though, looking at this straight Billiard from Per Hansen, it's not hard to see why.

This is actually a rather rare piece, not just because it was made prior to 1984, but because it's additionally been stamped with Per's initials, something that was seldom seen in pipes made before Svend Bang's retirement in 1984. As a Billiard, this is a rather interesting piece, with an appreciable bit of height to its bowl and a sleek lengthiness that's emphasized by the ovoid stretch of shank and stem. Though the shank is ovoid, it's proportionally in line with the bowl's height, keeping it from becoming a Canadian but adding a good deal of intrigue to the shaping of the aft. Up front, the bowl is nicely balanced by this low-lying shank and stem, placing the visual weight on its low-set waist and Brandy-like taper to the rim. Its ample height provides a lovely canvas for the auburn sandblast of the stummel, revealing a sunburst pattern of rippling growth rings across its surfaces, originating from a basin of birdseye at the heel.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening

  • Length: 5.76 in./146.30 mm.
  • Weight: 1.66 oz./47.17 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.14 in./54.36 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.87 in./22.10 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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