American Estates: Michael Frey Smooth Bent Apple (1987)

Product Number: 004-009-6225

A student of Michael Butera, Michael Frey valued quality over quantity - only having released a select number of pipes before he retired; thus, we don't see his numbers in our estates department very often. When we do though, Frey's appreciation of quality shines through - evident in his shaping, drilling, and overall treatment of the briar.

Here we see a 1987 bent Apple from the American carver featuring a slightly taller-than-average, yet fully rounded bowl. The shank is long and elegant sporting a slight upward curve and flair up to its bent saddle stem. It's finished in a contrast walnut with a rusticated rim to accent. Overall the composition is full, yet trim and classy - with no small amount of flame grain either.

- Andrew Wike

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Measurements & Other Details


4.85/5 Minor rim darkening.
  • Length: 5.98 in./151.89 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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