English Estates: Askwith Sandblasted Bent Apple Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 004-002-33668
One of England's few artisan pipe makers, Chris Askwith fashions some rather eye-catching shapes, many of which take the form of Anglo-French classics. This bent Apple is one such example of the English carver's style, which tends to prioritize sleek line work, well-balanced proportions, and refined finishes. A rather muscular rendition of the old-school shape, this piece features a broad, stout-walled bowl that tapers ever-so-subtly from its wide, plump heel to its slightly tauter rim. This taper results in a low-set waistline that conforms naturally to the hand while retaining the bowl's distinctive curvature. The shank and stem emerge from the low-set transition and strike an elegant S-curve, one that provides a comfortable smoking posture and adds a good deal of gesture to the shape's profile. As an early example of Askwith's work, this piece is topped by a vulcanite mouthpiece, rather than one of his more often seen polyester stems. It's all dressed in a ruby-hued sandblast that draws out rippling waves of grain that radiate across the bowl's walls before terminating at a smoothly polished rim.--Davin Hylton
Measurements & Other Details
Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Minor Tooth Marks
- Length: 5.58 in./141.73 mm.
- Weight: 2.40 oz./68.04 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Apple
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: England