French Estates: Ropp Algerian Superior Smooth Bulldog Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-003-7893

Within the classic pipe chart, the Bulldog is one of the most sturdy, firm-lined shapes, imbued with a strong, muscular appeal thanks to its rigid diamond shank and the clean angles of the bowl. This rendition from Ropp most resembles the French marque's "638" design and is a textbook rendition of that style, seemingly plucked straight from an early 20th century French catalog. While other iterations of the shape may accentuate the stout persona with robust proportions and large size, in this piece Ropp maintains a svelte aesthetic for a lightweight pipe of sleek Anglo-French style.

Like the Vintage line, Ropp's Algerian Superior series boasts stummels that were found at the Chapuis-Comoy factory. Turned decades ago but never finished, they showcase old-school shaping and a traditional, chestnut stain fitted to an ebonite stem for a classic appeal. Unlike Ropp's Vintage pipes, Algerian Superior pieces are presented only in a smooth finish, having been sourced from select-quality Algerian briar that's free of fills, similar to the Vintage Superior series, which pairs smooth-finished, fill-free stummels to horn stems.

-Truett Smith

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ROPP(inside oval)
  • Length: 5.53 in./140.46 mm.
  • Weight: 1.02 oz./29.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.09 in./27.69 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.68 in./17.27 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: France
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