Italian Estates: Moretti Smooth Bent Billiard (𝛿𝛿𝛿𝛿) (1) (2023) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-006-40856

Igino Moretti founded the Moretti Recanati brand in 1968 in Recanati, Italy, a small town with a rich pipe making history that stretches back to 1850. Igino actually worked for one of the town's largest pipe factories, before financial pressures stemming from World War 2 forced them to close in 1950. After many years, Igino handed off control of production to his son-in-law Marco Biagini, who has diversified the design principles of the workshop to include the classic profiles of Anglo-French manufacturers and Danish carvers. This bent Billiard from the Italian workshop is a strikingly chubby pipe that maintains a tightly-knit muscularity, highlighting the Nosewarmer-style proportions present here. A wide transition here offers enough room to drape a digit and gives way to a thick, lifting shank that's a good bit shorter than the bowl. A smartly downturned saddle stem of jet-black acrylic completes the composition, with the bowl itself holding most of the visual weight here thanks to its tall, thick walls, and subtly dynamic forward cant. Dressed in a rich mahogany stain, the briar here displays a rich pattern of flame grain through the flanks, with birdseye across the rim and underside.

-John McElheny

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CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Top Of Chamber Scraped Minor Tooth Marks

STAMPING:
2023
MORETTI (In Script)
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  • Length: 5.53 in./140.46 mm.
  • Weight: 3.36 oz./95.25 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.35 in./59.69 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 1.02 in./25.91 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.05 in./52.07 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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