Misc. Estates: Vollmer & Nilsson Smooth Bent Brandy (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-008-10104

The fraternal duo of Vollmer and Nilsson carve their pipes out of Malmö, Sweden, after being inspired by a trip to Copenhagen, where they learned that they could craft their own pipes from pre-drilled kits. Influenced by the works of Bo Nordh and Sixten Ivarsson, among others, the pair work collaboratively to make their pipes, combining their efforts to create unique works such as this bent Brandy.

This is a shape we've seen from the artisans before, though it's not one we've come across regularly, its silhouette showcasing a defined sinuousness which affords the composition a charming jocularity and a comfortable smoking posture. The transition here is wide, with plenty of room to drape a digit, and it gives way to a compressed, semi-triangular shank that's pointed at the top and tapers throughout its travel to the junction. At this point, the shank meets a sleek half-saddle stem of black vulcanite, one which continues the shank's shaping and makes a demure downturn at the bit: its eye-catching configuration pulling some of the visual weight off of the bowl. Said bowl stands atop a lifted heel, the underside of this pipe boasting a continuous curvature from button to heel, and the walls expand to a low-set waist. The waist is nicely rounded for comfort in the hand, and it marks the start of a steady, forward-canting taper to the rim which enhances the dynamic feel of this piece a good bit. Dressed in a warm, rich, chestnut-hued stain, the briar here displays handsome grain throughout, with ample birdseye at the underside and wrapping flame through the flanks.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details


VOLLMER (Arched)
NILSSON (Arched)
  • Length: 5.36 in./136.14 mm.
  • Weight: 1.92 oz./54.43 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.69 in./17.53 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Sweden
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