American Estates: Alex Florov Smooth Sphinx (2017) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-009-11406

A stunning piece from Alex Florov, this Sphinx is a take off of an old Bo Nordh design. It's defined by a crisp ridgeline that vertically wraps the fore of the bowl, making for a seemingly pointed heel spur in silhouette. Without said ridgeline, the bowl is rather Egg-like — plumply rounded fore and aft, with a good bit of forward-urging momentum. Behind trails a long, flaring stretch of shank that calls to mind many a Lars Ivarsson briar, a common convention among Florov's portfolio. A pale, rounded accent ring at the end eventually interrupts the shank's slight, upward curling lines, echoed again at the base of the abbreviated saddle stem. Excellent work from Alex and dressed in a warm, walnut contrast stain to bring out the best of lengthy bands of cross grain down the shank and dense birdseye at the bowl's fore. Unsmoked.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Unsmoked

STAMPING:
FLOROV (Arched)
(Pipe Stamp)
AF (In Script)
17
PIPES (Arched)
USA
  • Length: 5.95 in./151.13 mm.
  • Weight: 1.63 oz./46.27 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.26 in./32.00 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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