French Estates: Ropp Altesse Smooth Billiard (284)

Product Number: 004-003-4871

A classically inclined Billiard with large proportions for a French pipe, this Ropp offers a natural mahogany stain to elevate the grain and maintain visual interest. The tenon design is something I've never seen before taking this piece apart. There's a vulcanite extension with two long slots hollowed from the sides, at the end of which is mounted a short tube of aluminum, which extends further beyond the tenon. I presume it's some sort of moisture system, but I don't understand it and have been unable to find information on it. But if you're a fan of Billiards, you'll like this pipe, and if you have a weak spot for unusual engineering internals, it's an additional jackpot.

- Chuck Stanion

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Charring Around The Airway Light Oxidation Spots In The Stem Material

ROPP (Inside oval)
ALTESSE (Arched)
  • Length: 6.04 in./153.42 mm.
  • Weight: 1.84 oz./52.16 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: France
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