Italian Estates: Comoy's Virgin Pot (495) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-006-42158

Progressing from boxwood to briar, the history of Comoy's pipe-making is characterized by its strong familial ties. The marque's founder, Henri Comoy, took after his father Francois. Francois started fashioning pipes with his brothers in Saint Claude out of more rudimentary materials until he and his son Louis discovered the benefits of briar. In 1879, Henri brought his skills to London, where he set up a factory and served as a key figure in English pipe-making while working alongside his sons and nephews. While this piece from the historic French marque is Italian-made, the shaping of this "495" Pot from Comoy's showcases Anglo-French shaping sensibilities. The bowl's squat figure fits snugly in the hand, formed by smooth walls rising straight from the broad heel toward the flat rim. Out back, a sturdy shank subtly lifts out of the transition from the bowl and meets a sleek saddle stem of jet-black vulcanite. Dressed in a warm, honey-blonde stain, the stummel highlights whorls of birdseye across the left flank.

- Joshua Carroll

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CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Chamber Uneven From Reaming

STAMPING:
COMOY'S
VIRGIN
495
ITALY
  • Length: 5.95 in./151.13 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.90 in./22.86 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Pot
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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