Italian Estates: Ardor Urano Billiard (Bill Unger) (DR) (2014) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-006-41485

Though the Ardor pipes workshop was founded in 1974 by father-son team Angelo and Dorelio Rovera, the pipe-making history of the family stretches back to 1911, with the founding of Sociedade Rovera in Varese, Italy. It was here that Angelo began to carve pipes alongside his father and uncles, starting at the age of 13 in 1958, Ardor's debut into the pipe world was marked by a high standard of craftsmanship that's remained consistent for nearly five decades. Though Angelo passed away in 1999, Ardor is now run by Dorelio, alongside both Damiano and Dimitri, the next generation of Roveras. Ardor's pipes are often typified by their strikingly neoclassical proportions, with each piece offering greatly enhanced substance about the bowl and a reassuring presence in hand. Ardor are known for their occasional collaboration with prominent members of the pipe community, coming together with them to craft unique shapes that bear their name. This Billiard represents the workshop's tribute to the late Bill Unger, who long served as the secretary and treasurer of the North American Society of Pipe Collectors. A full-bodied pipe with a robust build, this piece boasts ample substance and length, with a wide transition giving way to a sleekly tapering shank and stem combination, which nicely balances the presence of the bowl. Said bowl stands atop a rounded, slightly pronounced heel and grows thick, tall walls that taper softly as they approach the rim, maintaining a straight posture for a muscular feel. Dressed in the craggy rustication of the Urano finish and stained a warm tone, there's plenty of texture to appreciate here.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Charring Chamber Slightly Out Of Round Finish Discolored

  • Length: 6.85 in./173.99 mm.
  • Weight: 2.80 oz./79.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.59 in./65.79 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.22 in./56.39 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.93 in./23.62 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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