Italian Estates: Castello Sea Rock Briar Zulu (KKK) (37) (1970s-1982) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-006-42241

A decidedly gestural pipe, this Zulu from the Italian workshop features a gently bent stem and straight shank that transitions to an angular, forward-urging bowl. The lines of this pipe convey a gradual momentum, as an intensifying flare begins at the button and ends only at the rim, terminating its expansion in a broad swath of briar. The shank and stem here are delightfully compressed, offering an ovoid shaping that further underscores the sleekness of the aft-side combination and places further emphasis on the bowl. Dressed in the craggy rustication and inky stain of Castello's Sea Rock series, the stummel is rich with texture, and it's a vintage pipe too: being made between the 1970s and 1982.

Italian workshop Castello has a rich history that stretches back to 1947 with its founding by Carlo Scotti, being established as one of the first Italian brands to offer high-quality handmade pipes to the general public. In the 1960s, following the addition of Luigi Radice and Peppino Ascorti to their team of carvers, Castello's pipes began to take on a form that was quite different from the Anglo-French classics that they and others had been producing. The Italian neoclassical style which they had begun to develop led not only to a shaping renaissance within Italy, but the production of a number of now-iconic profiles.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Stamping Worn From Buffing

  • Length: 6.06 in./153.92 mm.
  • Weight: 1.57 oz./44.45 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Zulu
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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