French Estates: Roger Vincent Carved Thor (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-003-8055

Roger Vincent is a French artisan with a decidedly unique oeuvre, specializing entirely in figural pipes rendered from briar. In addition to being one of the few artisans dedicated to this carving style in briar, rather than meerschaum, he's also one of the only carvers of figural briar in France. Outside of his talent for rendering sculpture from briar, Vincent was also one of the primary pipe makers who taught Sebastien Beaud before he acquired Genod. This depiction of Thor is a phenomenal example of Vincent's work, presented on a grand scale, as this is one of his rare and collectible giant-size pipes: weighing more than half a pound and measuring nearly 11 inches long. The shank and stem are responsible for much of this length, with the shank lifting out of a wide transition and presenting plenty of thickness, though it tapers as it reaches toward a long, similarly tapering stem of smartly curved horn. The use of such a long, thick stretch of horn is both impressive and eye-catching, its variegated hues and unique pattern further accentuated by a plump band of gold-toned metal at the junction. Up front, the Norse god of storms looks out from a broad base, his eyes sternly focused forward, features framed by bushy eyebrows, a full mustache, and long, flowing locks of softly curling hair. A majestic helm of arguably anachronistic provenance graces his head, complete with a detailed band at his forehead and a pair of intricately detailed wings at the flanks, the band and its details mirrored by a pair of tassels that drape over the sides of his face. An heirloom-quality figural pipe that's densely packed with captivating details, this pipe is finished in a warm mahogany stain and showcases handsome grain where not offering bespoke carving.

Note: Though this pipe is unsmoked, a small chunk of briar has been chipped off of a thinner portion of the base on the right side in the process of being handled over its lifetime, shaving away a bit of the material near his mustache.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

Finish Faded See Description Unsmoked

Vincent (script)
  • Length: 10.98 in./278.89 mm.
  • Weight: 8.22 oz./233.15 g.
  • Bowl Height: 3.29 in./83.57 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.60 in./66.04 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.94 in./23.88 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.30 in./58.42 mm.
  • Stem Material: Horn
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Carved
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: France
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