Danish Estates: S. Bang Smooth Bent Apple (18101) (PH) (2018) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-001-35702

In 1968, after decades of learning the nuances of the pipes and tobacco business, Svend Bang decided to establish the S. Bang pipe shop, complete with a workshop inspired by one of his former employers, W.Ø. Larsen. Initially, the workshop only offered repairs, with Bang later seeking pipe makers to create original pieces. Enter Per Hansen and Ulf Noltensmeier, two craftsmen hired by S. Bang in the early 1970s who would become mainstays of the workshop's production amidst high staff turnover. The two had previously become friends while briefly working for Preben Holm, and they would continue to refine their craftsmanship together over several decades at S. Bang. In 1984, Svend Bang retired from the company, which Hansen and Noltensmeier would take, maintaining the workshop's esteemed reputation until their own retirement in 2019.

With its gestural profile, flowing line work, and sleek curves, this bent Apple from S. Bang is an exquisite illustration of Danish design and its charm within a compact form. Pert and plump, the bowl's figure is formed by supple walls rounding from the heel toward the broad, low-set waist and tapering toward the flat rim, creating a comfortable presence in hand. Out back, a muscular oval shank gently lifts out of the transition from the bowl and joins to a subtly downturned saddle stem for a profile that's both trim and graceful. Completing this piece is a warm, high-contrast stain adorning the stummel, highlighting sweeping streaks of vertical grain around the bowl and a wealth of lovely birdseye along the top and underside.

- Joshua Carroll
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Measurements & Other Details

Smoked, But Rather Clean

PH (In Circle)
  • Length: 5.08 in./129.03 mm.
  • Weight: 1.71 oz./48.53 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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