English Estates: James Upshall Smooth Bent Billiard with Silver (R) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-34944

The James Upshall pipe was first produced as a line of ultra-premium pieces from the workshop of Kenneth Barnes and Barry Jones, who split from Charatan in 1978, the company named after one of Barne's pipe smoking relatives: James Archelaus Upshall. Upshall pipes have acquired widespread acclaim since their founding, owing to the brand's fastidious focus on perfection in both engineering and shaping. Though unfortunately, Kenneth Barnes passed away in 2021, Upshall pipes are still produced today, staying true to the high standards which they set for themselves in 1978. This bent Billiard is a hearty piece from the brand, and it presents a curling, arcing profile that's strikingly bowl-forward of visual weight. A wide transition here gives way to a lifting shank-and-stem combination that are poised for comfortable smoking, the junction to the black vulcanite stem marked by a broad band of textured silver. Up front, the bowl stands atop a rounded, plump heel, and this heel informs the comfortable contours of the bowl itself, its walls taking on a soft, arcing taper to the rim. Dressed in a warm, light, mahogany stain, the stummel here is finished smooth and showcases a wealth of handsome grain, with windswept flame across the bowl and birdseye at the rim and underside.

-John McElheny

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CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Chamber ReCoated

STAMPING:
R
JAMES UPSHALL (inside oval)
TILSHEAD
ENGLAND
MADE BY HAND
  • Length: 6.01 in./152.65 mm.
  • Weight: 2.72 oz./77.11 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.32 in./58.93 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.91 in./23.11 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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